In a perfect world, the answer would be “never.” Never, because your current AC system would last forever and never need a repair.
So much for that “perfect world” scenario.
And yet as imperfect as they might be, today’s better-made and well-maintained air conditioning systems have an estimated shelf life of up to 15 years. Can yours last even longer than that? Sure it can, but if you live in your house long enough, sooner or later you’re going to have to replace it.
When might that be? Well, from our experience, many people proactively replace their AC systems once they see their energy costs rising out of control. They know that the money they save on electricity will eventually cover the entire cost of a new AC system, and in as little as a few years.
But let’s say you can live with rising energy bills and just can’t see replacing a system that still works at least reasonably well. What other reasons might you have, then, for replacing yours? Let’s have a look:
- Frequent and increasingly costly repairs. Would you pay $200 to have your system repaired if you had reason to believe it would run “just fine” after that? Of course you would. But how about $500, $1,000, or even $1,500? In other words, what’s the point when you say “enough is enough,” and finally decide your money is better spent on a replacement AC system?
- Noisy operation. Remember the good old days when your current system was first installed, and how quietly it operated (assuming it was properly installed)? Well, the older a system gets, the more likely it is to make unpleasant and persistent noises, like popping, banging, whirring, and the like. Noisy operation doesn’t necessarily indicate the need for a new system, but it is something you want to get checked out.
- Hot and cold spots throughout your home. A well-designed AC system should provide equal amounts of cool air from one room to the next. If yours is no longer providing you with that kind of consistency, once again you’ll at least want to know why. It might just be a faulty thermostat or a leaky air duct, but it also could be caused by general system wear and tear.
- You want to contribute to a cleaner environment. Older AC systems use Freon as a refrigerant, while newer systems are equipped with the more eco-friendly R-410A which, unlike Freon, is not ozone depleting. Plus, the longer you hang onto your older system, the more expensive Freon charges are becoming until, in 2020, you won’t be able to obtain Freon at any price.
If you’re AC system is coughing and wheezing up a storm, or just plain not in the shape it once was, contact Plenarius Comfort Solutions today for a free in-home comfort analysis and no-obligation new system quote. We’re here to enhance your family’s indoor comfort and energy savings any way we can.