Posted On April 12th, 2017 by Lanz HVAC
During the last weeks before summer arrives, homeowners should take time to evaluate their air conditioning systems to make sure they are ready to handle the amount of work they must do to combat the coming heat. Part of evaluating an AC is asking the tough question: Has the time come to replace it?
Modern air conditioners have an average lifespan of 10 to 15 years, depending on the model. As an AC enters the later years of that range, replacement becomes a viable alternative to the costs of continued maintenance and repairs. Choosing to install a new system is a big step, but often a necessary one.
Our technicians at Lanz Heating & Cooling have years of experience with air conditioning replacement in Champaign-Urbana, IL, and they have some bits of advice about when it’s time to schedule new installation as the most cost-effective option.
When “repair or replace?” becomes “replace”
If you air conditioner is 15 years or older, you should have it replaced even if it still seems to work well in most respects. The chances of it declining rapidly are high at this point: 15 years is more strain than even the most well-maintained AC can handle. The inevitable aging will soon take hold of the compressor—the most vital component—and when the compressor dies, the system will go with it. Planning for replacement is preferable to requiring an emergency replacement.
There is another benefit to a “pre-emptive” replacement of an aging yet still functioning air conditioner: the advantages of the high efficiency models now available. A new system will probably work 10-20% more energy-efficiently than your older system ever did. Think of it in this light: you have already received a bargain from your air conditioner because of its long life; now you can start receiving even more savings from a new system.
If your air conditioner has started to malfunction frequently and elevate your power bills, than you should have it replaced even if it hasn’t reached the outer edge of its estimated lifespan. A good benchmark for repairs: if you must spend more than $500 a year to keep the system running, it should be replaced. If your electricity bills show a steady rise each year because of the air conditioning system—such as a 5% increase—that no repairs or maintenance seems to change, then you should also replace the system before it becomes a major money waster.
Schedule new installation
Replacing and old AC doesn’t have to be an enormous burden for you. Call professional installers to help you decide on a new system, and then rely on them to remove your old AC and correctly hook up the new one so it works without flaws.
Lanz Heating & Cooling has more than a decade doing air conditioning replacement in Champaign-Urbana, IL. We also offer free estimates on new installations, so call us right away to get your AC replaced.
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