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Jun 14 2021

When to Replace an AC Unit

Air conditioning units, like many other appliances with moving parts within a home or business, can last for many years before it’s time to retire them for good. But just how long can an air conditioner last, and how do you know when it’s time for AC replacement and new installation? Read the following signs that it’s time to replace your AC unit, and call Van Drunen Heating & Air Conditioning directly for an assessment and the professional advice you can trust. 

Signs It’s Time for a New AC Unit

The following are all things to pay attention to, and may indicate that it’s time for new air conditioner installation

  • Age. Age alone can be a good indicator of when it’s time to replace an air conditioner. Most AC units have a life expectancy somewhere between 10 and 20 years, so if your air conditioner is 15 years or old, it’s probably not worth investing in repairs. You’re better off replacing it and reaping the benefits that a newer system will offer. 
  • Energy-efficiency ratings. Do you know the energy efficiency rating of your current AC unit? If it’s old, chances are that it’s probably pretty inefficient and you’re spending more than you need to on your monthly utility costs. It’s smart to have your system inspected by a pro who can make a recommendation about how much energy you’d save by upgrading to a newer unit. 
  • Condition. What’s the condition of your current AC unit? Is it damaged? Have you already invested in repairs in the past? Does it have rust or other visible signs of wear and tear? If the condition is poor and isn’t likely to get much better, even with repairs, then you may want to think about replacing it now. 
  • Cost of repair vs. replacement. Another thing to think about is how much you’ll spend if you invest in repairs (and then future repairs) vs. investing in replacement, especially if you’ve already spent a lot of money on repairs in the past. In some cases, paying a little bit more for replacement now can save you money long-term, as you’ll put off the cost of multiple repairs for years to come. 

How Van Drunen Heating & Air Conditioning Can Help!

At Van Drunen Heating & Air Conditioning, our team can help by assessing your current AC unit and making a recommendation about AC replacement vs. repairs. We can also guide you through your replacement options and answer any questions you have. We are an honest team with more than 60 years of experience in the industry. Call us today or send us a message to learn more or request your free quote.



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