In a perfect world, the answer would be “never.” Never, because your current system would run problem-free for all time.
So much for that perfect world scenario.
Still, as imperfect as they might be, today’s better-made and well-maintained AC systems have an estimated shelf life of 15-20 years. Can yours last that long, and perhaps longer still. It’s possible, but the fact remains that if you live in your house long enough, eventually you’re going to have to replace it.
Some people do so proactively when their energy bills start reaching uncomfortable new heights. They want to pay less and come to realize the amount they save will be enough to cover the cost of a high-efficiency replacement AC system over time.
Other people tolerate the higher energy costs but know that some action needs to be taken when one or more of the following symptoms start to manifest themselves:
- Frequent and increasingly more costly repairs. What you pay $200 to have your system repaired if you had reason to believe it would run “just fine” after that? Of course you would. But how about $500, $1,000, or even $1,500? In other words, what’s the point when you say “enough is enough,” and finally decide your money is better spent on a replacement AC system?
- Noisy operation. Remember the good ol’ days when your current system was first installed, and how quietly it operated (assuming it was properly installed)? Well, the older a system gets, the more prone it becomes make unpleasant and persistent noises, like popping, banging, whirring, and the like. Noisy operation doesn’t necessarily indicate the need for a new system, but it is something you want to get checked out.
- Hot and cold spots throughout your home. A well-designed AC system should provide equal amounts of cool air from one room to the next. If that how it used to be, but no longer is, then you have another reason to have the cause thoroughly investigated.
- You want to contribute to a cleaner environment. Older AC systems use Freon as a refrigerant, while newer systems are equipped with the more eco-friendly r-410A which is not ozone depleting. Plus, the longer you hang onto your older system, the more expensive Freon charges are going to become.
If you’re AC system isn’t performing up to par, contact Eagle Service Company today so we can get determine the root cause. After that, we’ll present you with repair and new system options as appropriate, and help you decide on the course of action most in keeping with your family’s indoor comfort needs.