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How Old Is Too Old for an Air Conditioner?

air-conditioner-too-oldSummer doesn’t quite impact us like it does other parts of the country—which is almost disappointing considering how chilly our winters can get. However there’s a benefit to easing into summer—it gives homeowners like you plenty of time to prepare, which includes ensuring that your cooling system is prepared for the warmer weather.

But what if your air conditioner isn’t in such great shape? Could it be that you need a Spokane Valley, ID air conditioner replacement? We get that purchasing a new AC system may not be the most ideal way to spend your money, but when your cooling system reaches a certain age, this purchase becomes inevitably. And waiting for it to just break down isn’t the best plan either—what if it completely shuts down in the middle of one of the hottest days of summer?

So, How Old Is Your System?

You may be skeptical of replacing an air conditioner that is functioning “just fine” as it is. But realistically, can you say with certainty that your aging unit will make it through another hot summer? Even if it still seems to working fairly decently, its age is definitely one of the leading factors to take into consideration.

What exactly is the projected lifespan of an air conditioner? This will depend on your specific unit, so we recommend taking a look at your manufacturer’s guide. As a general rule, a professionally installed and well maintained air conditioner can last about 10-15 years. So if your AC system is approaching this point, letting it go on a high note can help you avoid a major inconvenience when the system does give up on you. Additionally, a very old system will likely not operate very efficiently, which takes us to our next point.

Newer Models Are More Efficient

Given that the average cooling system lasts about 10-15 years, your system might have been manufactured at a time when energy efficiency expectations were lower. Or maybe the AC lost some of its efficiency capabilities over the years, or you might have purchased or inherited a relatively inefficient system to begin with.

Whatever the reason for the lack of efficiency, long-term energy savings can absolutely justify the initial expense of replacing your air conditioning system. Our team can help ensure that you get the best efficiency for your budget and that you start paying less to live more comfortably.

Don’t Forget About Reliability

There’s a difference between a cooling system that can be repaired, and one that should be repaired. What we mean by this is that if your AC system requires repairs each year—perhaps even multiple times a year—then you should consider replacing it. A new system will be more reliable, and will also save you money in reduced repair costs.

When it comes to choosing the right replacement air conditioner for your home, our team is happy to help you make an educated decision by sharing the pros and cons of each system type.

ACI Northwest is here to help with your home comfort needs or concerns.

Please do not hesitate to contact us for helpful advice.

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