Is it Time for an AC Replacement? Guide for Homeowners

 In Products & Equipment, System Maintenance, System Repair

Is your AC unit past its prime? Wondering if it’s time for an AC replacement? 

HVAC systems generally have a lifespan of 10-15 years.  If yours is nearing or past this age range and experiencing frequent issues, it may be more cost-effective to replace it rather than continue making costly repairs. Here is what homeowners need to know about AC replacement. 

Note: Every home and HVAC unit is different. This information is intended to be a helpful guideline and should not be substituted for an inspection and guidance from a professional. 

Knowing the Signs 

Even if your system is not quite 10 years old, there may be warning signs that it’s nearing the end of its lifespan. A few of the most common include:  

  • Your unit is constantly in need of repairs, and the repair bills keep climbing.  
  • Your unit is not energy efficient, and it’s showing in your electric bill. 
  • Your system is extremely loud when running.  Note: Some noises are normal or just signal a need for repairs – read more here. 
  • Your system is not operating like it used to (for instance, uneven cooling, not maintaining desired moisture levels or other recurring issues). 

These signs can help you determine if your system is not functioning properly. 

Repairing vs. Replacing 

If the unit is broken down and not functioning, a new system is often the obvious choice. However, there are reasons to upgrade a system that is still functional.  

  • Energy Efficiency:Newer AC units are more energy efficient. This means they can cool your home using less energy, leading to potential savings on your energy bills.   
  • Enhanced Comfort:A new unit can provide better and more consistent cooling, improving comfort levels throughout your home.   
  • Advanced Features:Modern units often come with advanced features such as programmable thermostats, smart technology integration and better humidity control.   
  • Reduced Repair Costs:Older units may require frequent repairs, which can add up over time. Investing in a new system can reduce ongoing repair expenses.   
  • Environmentally Friendly:Energy-efficient systems are better for the environment, reducing your carbon footprint.   
  • Home Value.Upgrading your HVAC system can enhance the resale value of your home, potentially providing a return on your investment.   
  • Reduced Repair Costs:New units typically come with warranties that cover repairs for several years. This can save you money on unexpected repair expenses. 

Read more about repairing vs. replacing your unit here. 

Financing Options 

If you’re not sure how to cover an unexpected HVAC cost, you have options. A few of the most common approaches to financing include: 

  • Loans 
  • Emergency Savings 
  • Payment Plans 
  • Home Warranty Coverage 

Read more about financing options here. 

AC Replacement FAQ 

How long does it take to replace an HVAC system? The time needed for HVAC replacement varies depending on factors such as the size of the system, the complexity of the installation, and any additional modifications needed. On average, HVAC replacement takes one to three days.  

What factors should I consider when choosing a new HVAC system? When choosing a new HVAC system, consider factors such as the size and layout of your home, energy efficiency ratings, your budget, available rebates or incentives and the reputation of the manufacturer and installer.  

What are the benefits of upgrading to a more energy-efficient HVAC system? Upgrading to a more energy-efficient HVAC system can result in lower energy bills, improved indoor comfort, reduced environmental impact and potential eligibility for rebates or incentives from manufacturers or utility companies. 

Trust the Home Comfort Experts 

Whether you’re ready to kick your HVAC to the curb or just need some maintenance, Barineau Heating and Air Conditioning will keep you comfortable. Our home comfort specialists are happy to perform maintenance and repairs on older units, even those far past the 10 to 15-year mark. Contact our team today to schedule an appointment to discuss repairs or new system options.  

You can also extend the lifespan of your unit by signing up for Barineau’s Total Comfort Service Program. At $109 per year, the Blue Plan (which includes one 28-point inspection) costs only $20 more than a one-time tune-up, with benefits that quickly pay for themselves.  

Time is money, and we want to help you make the most of yours. Save on both by signing up for the Total Comfort Service Program today or by clicking here to chat with a home comfort specialist.  

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