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Do I Need a New Air Conditioner? When to Buy A New AC Unit

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When you purchase your air conditioner it’s an investment, and most homeowners want to get the most out of the investment before they have to replace it in the future. Although it’s understandable that you want your air conditioner to last as long as possible, it’s important to know when to throw in the towel. If your air conditioner is getting up in age, this is what you need to know before deciding to get a new one.

The Average Lifespan Of An AC
The average lifespan of a household central air conditioner or ductless air conditioner is between ten to fifteen years of age. While these are already fairly long lifespans for such a powerful and well-used appliance, there are simple things you can do to help your air conditioner live as long as possible.

How To Prolong The Lifespan Of Your AC
If you’re looking to prolong the lifespan of your AC to avoid purchasing a new one, there are several small things you can do throughout your air conditioner’s lifetime to ensure that it lasts as long as possible. The best ways to prolong the lifespan of your air conditioner include:

  • Changing your air filter regularly (at the very minimum once every 60 days)
  • Keeping the outdoor unit clean and free from debris
  • Scheduling repair appointments as soon as you notice an issue
  • Scheduling preventive maintenance once every year
  • Investing in a programmable thermostat

Signs That Your Air Conditioner Needs To Be Replaced
Even the most well-attended air conditioners will eventually break down or become inefficient. If your AC is up in age and you’re wondering whether or not it’s time to get a new one, here are a few of the most telltale signs that it’s time for a replacement.

  • Uneven cooling
  • Inadequate cooling
  • Frozen ice near the coil above the furnace or outside the outdoor condenser
  • A rise in energy bills and consumption
  • Strange sounds from your unit
  • Unpleasant burnt smells from your unit
  • Outdoor fan not turning on
  • More frequent breakdowns or disrepair

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