When Should I Replace My AC Unit?

When Should I Replace My AC Unit?

You know when your AC isn’t up to par, but is it time for another repair or should you finally replace the unit? IKE’S Air Conditioning can help make that decision. 

Get a quick overview of common signs you should replace your AC unit before diving into the details further below.

  • You're dealing with frequent and costly AC repair, suggesting you may be putting money into a failing system
  • Your AC unit surpassed its expected lifespan of 10-15 years, indicating you may soon be experiencing trouble
  • You're experiencing a major spike in energy bills, which can't be explained since usage has remained the same
  • Your AC system struggles to keep your home cool and comfortable, signaling that it's no longer fit for the job

Indicator #1: Your AC Unit Needs Frequent Repairs.

This might seem obvious, but like an old car, it can be hard to let go of your AC unit. A new air conditioner can be a costly initial investment, but it will save you money in the long run. A simple way to help decide between another repair and a unit replacement is to use the following equation:

[Repair cost] x [Age of the unit in years] vs. [Cost of a new AC unit]

If the left side is greater than the right side, a new AC unit is a better value. If the right side is greater, you can probably hold off on replacing the unit, and simply get it repaired instead.

Indicator #2: Your Air Conditioner Is 10+ Years Old.

According to Energy Star, AC units have a “lifespan” of about 10 years. After a decade, your AC unit has endured dust, humidity, and constant work. Like cars, internal parts start to ware out. When this happens, it’s time to look into investing in a newer, more efficient model.

Indicator #3: Your Energy Bill Has Significantly Increased.

Summers in Texas are brutal. As your AC usage increases, so does your energy bill. Keep on the lookout, however, for any large jumps in cost that aren’t related to increased use. It could be the result of an internal AC issue.

An AC unit that’s suffering from a coil problem or clogged filter will have to work harder to produce the same amount of air circulation, meaning it uses more energy. Replacing your unit with a more efficient option will most likely decrease your energy usage and lower your monthly bill.

Indicator #4: Your Air Conditioner No Longer Keeps You Comfortable.

An AC unit is meant to keep you cool, dry and comfortable. It shouldn’t smell, make squeaky noises, or blow hot air. All of these are indicative of an internal problem. Although many are repairable, you should consider the overall effectiveness of your AC before settling on a repair. Ask yourself, “Does my AC keep me comfortable?” If it doesn’t, contact a local HVAC technician about a replacement.

IKE’S Air Conditioning Keeps You Cool Year-Round

No one likes to deal with a failing AC unit. That’s why IKE’S Air Conditioning doesn’t just provide AC repair. We have been supplying top HVAC services for the past 40 years and we are committed to providing the best in customer care. Our technicians can evaluate the efficiency of your AC unit and make a knowledgeable recommendation on whether to repair or replace the unit. As all of our work is guaranteed, so you can rest assured your AC will be installed and running properly from the start. IKE'S is the number one Mitsubishi ductless mini-split cooling system installer in the San Antonio area!

Contact one of our technicians to schedule your air conditioning installation in San Antonio: (210) 405-6116.

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