That’s a question you probably never want to ask, because if you’re asking when you should replace your unit, well, it’s probably time. But realizing that’s not exactly the most helpful answer to your question, here’s a rundown to help you determine the right time to replace your AC unit.

ARE ONLY SOME OF YOUR ROOMS GETTING COOL?

If so, then your AC might be getting too old to perform at its peak. There might be another issues at hand – like duct problems or poor insulation – but your AC repairman can help determine if the unit is the true culprit.

IS YOUR AC A BIT TOO NOISY?

That noise isn’t just a nuisance. It could be a clue that your unit’s indoor coil is having issues. It could mean your AC needs to get shipped to greener pastures to make way for a younger, more agile AC.

YOU HAVE A 10+ YEAR RELIC

We all have old equipment or “stuff.” Old cars. Old paint on the house. Old dogs. But an old AC system just won’t cut it. Not only is an older system likely underperforming, but it also doesn’t benefit from the latest and greatest in energy-efficient technology. Is your unit more than 15 years old? Yeah, no repair is worth the time or money. Get a new system.

YOUR REPAIRS ARE BECOMING SOMETHING LIKE A MONTHLY BILL

AC units break down from time to time. That’s pretty normal. What’s not normal is for you to see your AC repairman as often as you see your neighbors. If you need constant repairs to keep your home cool, then it’s definitely time to think about replacing your AC unit.

YOUR ENERGY BILL IS INCHING UPWARDS

Okay, so a few things can cause an increase in energy costs: the normal increase in cost of living; more usage from family members; or, of course, your AC equipment. Get your repairman to perform a diagnostic test on your AC unit to determine whether it’s sucking far more energy in order to run than it should.

REPLACE OR REPAIR – WHAT SHOULD YOU DO WITH YOUR AC UNIT?

Getting a new AC unit is a pretty big investment, and is a significant commitment you have to be willing to make. Before you replace your AC, be absolutely sure that your trusted friend can’t be repaired. But how can you test your AC to be sure repairs won’t do the job? Your best bet is to turn toward AC specialists, such as Comfort First Heating & Cooling. At Comfort First Heating & Cooling, our skilled technicians are trained to provide you the most logical, and economically wise advice when it comes to repairing or replacing your unit. There’s no need to buy something new if we can make a repair at a fraction of the cost.

Most AC units these days are pretty sturdy machines that, with a tweak here or there, can maintain a fairly impressive performance and lifespan, compared to systems from decades ago. In order to help you prolong your system’s performance, and avoid the dreaded “oh no, my AC just broke in the dead of August” phone call, have your AC unit inspected yearly. These inspections will provide your repairman with the opportunity to prevent long-term and costly problems from exacerbating.