As a homeowner, thinking that you need to replace your AC now, on top of everything else on your to-do list, is about as enjoyable as considering a root canal. It’s likely something you hadn’t planned on doing, and your wallet will take a serious hit. Then again, ignoring the warnings signs can also be costly and become even more expensive the longer you delay action. In the case of your AC, that’s why you want to know for sure when it’s time to install a new system. We’ll discuss three signs below indicating you need to replace your AC.
Signs to Replace Your AC Now
When it comes to your AC system, it’s better to be proactive than reactive. While the symptoms below may not seem that serious on their own, ignoring them will lead to more expensive problems in the future. If you’re unsure whether you should replace your AC or not, contact your local AC experts to help you make that decision.
1. The 5,000 Rule
While AC systems are designed to be durable, over time you will inevitably have to invest in maintenance and repairs. How do you know, though, when the cost of these repairs means you should take that money and apply it to a new system? The 5,000 Rule can give you a ballpark estimate. When you have a repair to be made, multiply the cost by the age of your AC. If the resulting number is over 5,000, it’s time to consider a new system.
For example, if the compressor needs to be replaced at a cost of $1,500 on a two-year-old AC, that’s worth the investment as 1,500 x 2 is 3,000. In the case of a ten-year-old system, however, that number will be 15,000, and it’s time to cut your losses with your current AC.
2. Increased Power Consumption
Compare your year-over-year power consumption for each summer. If all other usage factors are roughly the same, increased energy use indicates your AC is having to work harder to produce the same amount of cooling power. Perhaps this is a simple fix like cleaning the evaporator coil or replacing the air filter more often. The issue could also be more serious. You’ll need a professional inspection to determine the exact cause.
3. Older AC System
Even if you haven’t had any major problems with your AC, once it’s over 15 years old, it’s near the end of its lifecycle. It may seem counterintuitive to replace a system still operating well, but that’s exactly why it’s time to install a new AC before you find yourself using “The 5,000 Rule” two or three times a year.
Plus, newer models on the market will have higher energy efficiency ratings and use the more environmentally friendly refrigerant R-410A, as opposed to R-22.
AC Maintenance Plan
If you decide to replace your AC now, you’ll also want to keep it running well over the long haul. That means you should invest in a regularly scheduled maintenance program. Our knowledgeable technicians can service your system as well as answer any questions you may have about it.
Contact Sierra Pacific Home & Comfort, Inc. for HVAC services in Roseville, CA, today!