While most people would tell you they wouldn’t enjoy the pain points of replacing and AC unit, there are several factors that will help you determine if replacing is the better option vs. repairing.
The average life span of a well maintained AC unit is around 10 to 15 years. If you find that you are having annual breakdowns or expensive repairs, the longer you wait, the more you may spend on repairs that would have been better spent on unit replacement.
Newer units also have higher minimum SEER ratings (efficiency rating of energy use), so the newer units also provide you a utility savings right off the bat.
Is your AC unit too old to replace?
Any AC unit, regardless of age is replaceable. The majority are also easy to retrofit from your old unit to your new one. A good licensed HVAC contractor can help you with information on special circumstances where you might have problems on a new unit changeout.
What most people are not aware of when replacing really old units, is that the newer units push out a stronger air flow. That in turn, requires a stronger flow of air into the AC return so the ingoing and outgoing pressure are better matched up for optimal performance. Ask your licensed contractor about duct modifications that might be necessary when you are replacing an older than normal AC unit. It could be a simple matter of expanding the return size or adding a few additional vents.
How much should a new AC unit cost and how to find the best prices
At newACunit.com we have done the homework for consumers. You can easily compare brands and different SEER ratings on the specific AC units that would be just for your home. The pricing clearly shows the AC unit and installation cost up front and all manufacturer warranties are included.
Most consumers want to garner 3 estimates to compare for any major purchase. NewACunit.com customers report savings of several thousand dollars from other comparative bids. The internet is a great place to shop, but be wary of online retailers that only want to sell you an AC unit. Licensed contractors shy away from installing these, and most sites will disclose that your unit warranty is void as well.