Should I replace my Air Conditioner?
If your system is over ten years old, you may want to consider a new unit, especially if you have a large home with high heating and cooling load. The annual dollar savings from installing a new system pays for itself in a short time.
Replacing parts in an inefficient air conditioner or heat pump will not always make it efficient! This solution, while often the least costly one up front, leaves you with a running unit that will cost you more every month in utility bills.
For example, if your heat pump or air conditioning system loses capacity or if the compressor fails completely, you may want to move up to a high efficiency heat pump system rather than just replace the old compressor. Often a failed compressor is just the first of many component failures that end up costing you more in the long run.
Finally, consider how many more years you expect to be living in your present home (planning to move soon?) as the overall condition of your unit (is it likely to break down again?) and the number of expected hours of use (are they predicting particularly severe weather this season?) can help you decide to fix or just replace your unit. Planning ahead with the advice of your tech will help you avoid expensive surprises later.