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How do I know when it’s time to replace my air conditioner unit?

Air Solutions | Monday, December 03, 2018

Even with regular maintenance, an air conditioner unit can only last for so long before it needs to be replaced. But how do you know if you need to get a new AC? If you feel uncertain about the answer to this question, Air Solutions of Corpus Christi can determine if your unit is operating as it should. And there are a number of deciding factors.

Time For A New AC?

Signs of a Possible AC Replacement
Here are some of the signs that you need an AC replacement:

  • Your energy bills are higher than normal.

  • Your air conditioner doesn’t cool every single room.

  • More dust is accumulating in your home (even if the filters have been changed).

  • The repair costs for your AC unit are getting too high.

  • Your system is 6-10 years old, or even older.

  • These could be signs that your AC is about to go out for good because at a certain point, the cost of repairing it can be higher than what you would pay for a new unit. You may need to upgrade to a more efficient model if your energy bills are getting too high. And while it may be hard to part ways with an appliance that has been with you for years, they can eventually catch up to them.

Determining the Need for an AC Replacement
If your unit is too old, it may not have the efficiency rating by today’s standards. And while you will have to pay for a new unit, it can save you on repair costs that can add up quick. Not only will a new unit be more energy efficient, but it can also save you a lot more in the long run.

A simple way to determine if your AC needs to be replaced is to multiply the age of the unit by the cost to repair it. And if it’s more than $5,000, then you need to replace it. The average lifespan of an AC unit is 10-15 years, but it can depend on how much maintenance it’s had throughout its life. As a rule, less maintenance means a shorter lifespan.

The cost of replacement parts can sometimes get so high that it’s not worth paying for. If you need to replace a compressor in an outside unit that’s at least 15 years old, you should consider replacing the entire unit. But there are other factors aside from its age that can be a determining factor for an AC replacement. Look at your average repair costs, as well as your energy bills. And if you see both of them increasing, you’ll most likely need a new unit.

Your Choice for AC Replacement in the Coastal Bend!
Air Solutions of Corpus Christi will have your back when it’s time for an AC replacement. We know that the idea of getting a new unit can seem intimidating, and most of it is because of the cost. We’ll be able to find a model that will work for your home or place of business, and we’ll make sure to find one for the best possible price. You should be informed throughout the entire process, and we want to give you everything you need to make the right choice.

We work with all major brands, and some them include:


Regular maintenance is the key to lengthening the lifespan of your unit. But once you decide that it’s time to replace it, you need to have our technicians come out and check it on a regular basis.

If your old unit is acting up more than it should and you need to get it replaced, call us today at (361)855-COOL!

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