A new central air conditioner isn't cheap; in fact, the average cost for a new unit can range anywhere from around $3,000 all the way up to $10,000—depending on the size of your home and the quality of the unit. Therefore, you certainly don't want to replace your AC unit if you don't need to, but it can sometimes be a challenge to determine when total air conditioner replacement is necessary (and cost-effective). Fortunately, there are a few telltale signs all homeowners can be on the lookout for that signify it's time for a new AC unit.
You're Constantly Paying for Little Repairs
Those little repairs can add up over time. If you're finding that you're consistently having to service your AC unit, it may be time for a new one. Not only are you wasting money on those small repairs, but if there's always something to fix on your AC unit, it's probably only a matter of time before the whole thing goes out. Do you really want to have poured hundreds or even thousands of dollars into repairs when that point comes?
The AC Unit is More Than a Decade Old
Most central air conditioning units are made to last for anywhere from 10–20 years, but if your AC unit is more than a decade old and is starting to need repairs and part replacements here and there, it might be time to consider a new one. Not to mention AC units built more than a decade ago simply weren't made to be as energy efficient and long-lasting as the units of today, so you could further throwing your money away in your monthly energy costs.
The SEER Rating is Less Than 13
The higher your air conditioner's SEER rating, the more efficient it will be and the less it will cost you to run. Unfortunately, many older AC units have seer ratings well under the ideal number of 13. These units are bulky, expensive to run, and inefficient. As such, it may actually be more cost effective for you in the long run to replace the unit with a more energy efficient one. Yes, it'll cost you a pretty penny up-front, but you'll immediately begin recouping those costs in lower energy bills.
If any or all of these signs apply to your air conditioner unit, then it's time to consider having a new one installed at your home by a company like Harrell Home Services.