Air conditioners can last 15-20 years, and heat pumps 10-15 years, if properly maintained. That’s when most people with homes in Estero, FL start thinking about air conditioner or heat pump replacement. Here are some things to consider before you make a decision:
Does the Unit Need Frequent Air Conditioning Repair?
Units that require frequent air conditioning repair should be replaced as soon as possible. If you wait, the unit will generally require even more repairs until it can no longer be fixed. The money you’ll spend on repairs would be better invested in a high-efficiency air conditioning installation.
Is Your Air Conditioner Energy-efficient?
Are your electric bills going up? Air conditioners get less efficient with age, so even if your system hasn’t needed repairs, you might be better off with a new, high-efficiency unit. According to Energy.gov, “today’s best air conditioners use 30% to 50% less energy to produce the same amount of cooling as air conditioners made in the mid 1970s.” Even if your air conditioner is under 15 years old, it might still be more cost-effective to replace it, especially if it’s an energy vampire.
Does Your Air Conditioner Still Keep You Comfortable?
If it does, and it hasn’t needed any repairs and isn’t driving up your electric bills, you might want to hold off on buying a new one, especially if the unit has been well-maintained. Air conditioners that receive regular tuneups generally last longer than air conditioners that receive poor maintenance. You’ll still be paying more in energy costs, but if those costs are within reason, it might make more sense to wait.
At D&D Air Conditioning & Heating, we take pride in offering reputable, reliable and professional air conditioning installation services in Estero, FL and the surrounding communities . Visit us online for more information or call us directly at (239) 694-4849 for a no-obligation consultation to explore your air conditioning installation options.
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