Residential AC units last around 15 to 20 years, according to the U.S. Department of Energy.

What should you do if you have problems with your 12-year-old system? Here are some indicators that it might be time to replace your cooling system – regardless of age.

How Do You Know When It’s Time to Replace Residential AC Units?

There are so many variables that affect the life expectancy of your HVAC equipment. Here are some signs that it might be time to start shopping for a new air conditioning unit.

Before we continue, it’s worth noting that many homeowners choose to replace both their heating and cooling units at the same time. You can save on labor expenses and fees when you replace both your AC and furnace. And in some cases, you may be required to have matching units for your warranty coverage.

Your HVAC system is constantly having problems.

Do you feel like your HVAC repair technician is a part of your family? If your 12-year-old HVAC systems require frequent repairs, it might be time to replace the entire thing – even if the average AC lifespan is 17.5 years.

Your air conditioner is requiring more energy to run.

Are you trying to determine whether to repair or replace your air conditioner? If you notice higher energy bills because your existing system requires more energy to run, this might indicate your system could benefit from a tune-up.

However, if your system is still using a lot of energy after being well maintained, this may indicate that it’s time to start shopping for a new air conditioner. Remember, a more efficient unit will help you save money on energy bills.

Your HVAC systems are having a difficult time maintaining a comfortable temperature.

Perhaps your AC unit is running correctly, but your inside temperature never hits what’s set on the thermostat – even when your systems are constantly running.

Air conditioners have one job. If it fails to keep your home cool, it may be time for a new AC unit.

Your air conditioning stinks.

If your air conditioner stinks (literally!), it might be time for a new HVAC system.

Does your home smell mildewy? If you can’t blame the smell on your kid’s stinking gym bag, and it never seems to go away, it may be from your HVAC system.

Before you commit to buying a new air conditioning unit, you might try to do a deep cleaning. These smells often come from air conditioning units that produce too much condensation. If the smell doesn’t disappear or quickly comes back, it might be time to replace the HVAC unit.

Your AC unit hasn’t been adequately maintained.

Air conditioning systems require regular maintenance. If you know that your central air conditioner has been ignored, costly fixes might be on the horizon.

Your Local HOP Energy HVAC Technician Says You Need A New AC System

We know how stressful it is to decide whether it is better to repair your current system or purchase a new unit. Fortunately for you, your HVAC service company, HOP Energy, will offer advice you can trust. Additionally, our team members are highly knowledgeable about different HVAC systems, including mini splits, heat pumps, oil furnaces, and (of course) air conditioners.

Once you put it in a new system, we can help ensure it lasts longer than the average air conditioner by offering regular tune-ups and proper maintenance.

Contact your local HOP Energy branch to schedule an appointment today.

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