Signs You Know When to Replace Your AC and During Which Season

For some time now you’ve been listening to your extra loud air conditioner and have been wondering if it’s ready to surrender its effectiveness. You’ve put in several repairs and it just doesn’t seem to be cooling your home as well as it used to. Is it time to replace the entire system? Most air conditioners last between 15 and 20 years. Almost everyone at some point needs to go through the process, so it is helpful to know what to expect. Today we talk about knowing when to replace your AC and the optimal season during which to buy a new unit. 

Calculate Age in “AC” Years

One of the biggest factors you should consider is the age of the AC unit. Many HVAC professionals state that there are two ages: the actual age and the repair cost age. The actual age, of course, is how old the unit is from the day of its manufacturing. The repair cost age is the product after you multiply the actual age by the repair cost. 

As a general rule, do not exceed 5,000. For example, if your AC is 10 years old and the repair cost is $400, the resulting number is 4,000. You would still be justified to fix this system, but if the overall cost was $500 (5,000), you would want to consider fully replacing the HVAC unit. 

Measure Energy Efficiency 

Another major factor to weigh is energy efficiency. You can assess energy efficiency when you first buy an air conditioner by looking at the SEER rating. SEER stands for Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio. The higher the number, the more efficient the unit, given that you’ve purchased the correct sized system for your home or business. Most modern air conditioners bear ratings from 13 or 14 (least efficient) to 21 or 25. Older models only had a SEER rating of 8 or 9, making the 13 or 14 a major step up. 

However, as your AC unit ages, the energy efficiency depletes. You can maintain the efficiency of your unit through regularly scheduled AC maintenance tune-ups and taking steps to lower your AC costs. However, eventually all systems break down and lose their efficiency, rendering it necessary to buy a replacement. 

Strategize the Ideal Time to Buy

If you and your HVAC professional have decided it’s time to replace your old system, you will be grateful to know about the “off season” for AC units. Buying an air conditioner is never cheap, especially if you want quality you can rely on for years to come. However, when you buy during the optimal season, you may find special product discounts. 

The best season to shop for a new air conditioner is during the cooler months, especially during the fall. Spring can also be an opportune time to replace your system. Some air conditioner dealers offer attractive discounts when demand for AC units slacks off and HVAC repair companies may also offer a seasonal discounted rate. 

How well is your air conditioner running? Based on these tips, you may have a better idea of when to replace your AC. And if you can hang on a couple more months, you may find a good deal in the fall. For information on updating your air conditioner through Gorman Mechanical, visit our website today.

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