When is it Time to Replace Your AC Unit?


via Lennox.com

You made it through another scorching Arizona summer—congratulations! As a seasoned Arizonian, odds are you spent the majority of June through September indoors, smiling with satisfaction every time your air conditioner kicked on. If you would like to repeat next summer in similar comfort, you should know the signs when Phoenix AC replacement is necessary.

Consider replacing if your AC unit fits the following:

  • Your unit is old. If you have the original AC unit from when your house was built, especially if this happened to fall around the same time you were prepping for Y2K or before, then you’re probably going to need a Phoenix air conditioning service in the near future. Older units that use R-22 cooling systems are being phased out for more environmentally friendly options, as technology and efficiency have improved immensely. The average life span of an air conditioner is about 6-12 years, and even less in a hot climate, so be prepared.
  • You think it’s on its last leg. Is the clock ticking on your AC system? Have you had to make costly repairs to get through the summer? If the answer is yes, you might consider replacing your unit in the fall and winter months while the weather is nice. If you put it off until next summer, you run the risk of having the unit die completely when it feels like an oven outside, and the wait time for your new unit (and your salvation) is 7 to 10 days away.
  • It’s not energy efficient. In an era of hybrid cars and “green technology,” you might overlook the efficiency of your air conditioner. A dated unit may be draining energy and your wallet. Look into purchasing a Phoenix AC replacement unit with a higher seasonal energy efficiency ratio (SEER) rating, to minimize your carbon footprint and save yourself some money. Many utilities companies and government agencies even offer tax credits and rebates as incentives to switch over to more energy efficient options. You can learn more about them here.
  • You remodeled your home. Did you add-on to your house or expand your living area since you bought your last unit? If so, your house may require a larger system. When an air conditioning system isn’t the correct size for your home, it could be inefficiently working over-time just to produce semi-cool temperatures. If you aren’t sure what size unit you need, consult one of our Phoenix air conditioning service specialists to talk about what works best for you.

Do you think Phoenix AC replacement or repair is an imminent possibility? If you think that your air conditioning system won’t make it through the next summer, call us today at 602.943.3426 for Phoenix or 520.292.6858 for Tucson. Don’t forget to contact us with any questions or comments!