The average central air conditioner lasts 10-15 years. Ductless mini split systems can last 12-18 years with proper maintenance.
If you have kept your AC unit running for over a decade with regular maintenance, you’ve done a great job. You’ve gotten used to having reliable cool air for several years. But when your air conditioner suddenly breaks down with old age, it can be a surprise.
You may want to repair whatever is complicating the unit. Time Plumbing, Heating & Electric Inc. can do this for you, but we will also perform an accurate diagnosis of the problem and let you know our honest opinion - whether you should repair or replace.
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When to Opt for Air Conditioning Replacement
Your AC professional will recommend replacement if your unit is in the 10-15 year range and experiencing recurring problems or breakdowns. In these cases, it may not be worth saving on replacement if you are constantly spending on repairs - it may be more cost effective to invest in a new AC system upfront and enjoy the long term savings: no recurring air conditioning repair expenses, no high energy costs due to system inefficiency.
Speaking of system inefficiency, an older air conditioner that is constantly breaking down and performing poorly can cost you in higher electricity bills. You may be wondering why your bills are going up, even though your AC unit seems to be working as usual - but in fact it is underperforming due to old age or improper installation.
Properly Sizing Your New AC
Whether you're choosing a central air unit, ductless mini split, or some other air conditioner, you will get the best efficiency, and consequently lower operational costs by ensuring the capacity of your new AC matches the needs of the area the unit must cool.
Typically, proper sizing involves taking the square footage of your space and measuring it against the cooling capacity output of the new AC - usually expressed in British Thermal Units (BTUs). The higher the BTU rating, the more powerful the AC, and the better it will be able to cool a space effectively.
Buying an AC that’s too large for the space results in what’s referred to as a ‘short cycle.’ A short cycle occurs when the AC doesn’t run for long enough to dehumidify the area. Moreover, the AC will cycle on and off more frequently, increasing operating costs and reducing the system’s useful life.
An AC that’s too small, on the other hand, will continually run, to keep the room comfortable. This will raise your utility bills, and it’s unlikely that the unit will be able to cool the space effectively.
Ultimately, proper sizing is critical for optimal performance. Get the most out of your AC by measuring the area of the space to be cooled, calculating your BTU needs and sizing the AC properly. Bear in mind that too big can leave your house clammy and too little is never enough. Our experts can help you to choose the proper AC size for your needs.
How Can We Help You?
Your air conditioning specialist from Time Plumbing, Heating & Electric Inc. will present you with options for repair or AC replacement. If you choose replacement, we’ll get to work right away:
- We will assess your cooling needs based on your home size and your family’s preferences to determine the right air conditioner unit size.
- With so many brands and models to choose from, we will help you narrow down the choices by asking you about your preferences: do you want high-efficiency, most budget-friendly, most reliable long term? Do you want a ductless mini split system?
- We will acquire the new AC unit for you and install it. We will remove your old air conditioner and make sure your new unit is set up properly, at the proper charge, and ready to give you total home comfort.
Our air conditioning installation services are focused on your long term peace of mind. All installations comply with local codes for your full safety and protection. We make the entire installation process simple and straightforward for you, giving you one less problem to worry about!