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When Should I Replace My AC?

Air conditioning replacements can be pricey. This, combined with the costs of routine maintenance can make homeowners reluctant to get a new AC when their old one is at its limits. Not only that, but so many people also don’t know that most air conditioners have a lifespan that definitely should affect the decision to replace your unit.

All that being said, it can be overwhelming when a technician mentions replacing your air conditioner. Air conditioning replacement in Orlando, FL can be an expensive process, but that’s where we can help! You should be absolutely sure that your AC is ready to be replaced when the time comes. That’s why we’ve compiled a list of prospects to use when your AC is having problems- to clue you in on whether or not it’s time for a replacement.

Let’s get started!

“But It Still Works”

Even if your AC is still working semi-reasonably, there still could be some underlying issues that cause it to break down in the near future. AC repairs could become more frequent and more costly as time goes on. Not only that, but your AC could be running incredibly inefficiently, costing you more money on your energy bills and forcing it to work extra hard. That’s why, as hard of a conversation it is to have, eventually it becomes worth it to discuss with a technician whether it’s time for an AC replacement.


As we mentioned earlier, air conditioners have a lifespan. Most AC units don’t live past 10-15 years, without extraordinarily expensive repairs or abnormal circumstances. You’ll begin to notice as you approach this lifespan limit that your AC will not be worth the repairs you’re constantly having done.

Repair Cost Total

There’s a great rule of thumb we like to use in the business for deciding if your AC is ready to be replaced. If your unit requires a lot of repairs, it’s generally a good idea to replace your air conditioner if the total cost of repairs is more than half the cost of a brand-new AC. This new AC will last a long time and will be worth that early switch when it comes to your budget.

Frequency of Repairs

It’s incredibly inconvenient and stressful to constantly have repairs done on your old AC. This is not normal. Consider replacing your AC, since a brand-new AC is much less likely to breakdown as frequently as your problematic one. Is the stress of constant repairs worth the marginal savings?

Energy Efficiency

As we mentioned earlier, an earlier air conditioner will run less efficiently than a newer model. That’s just a fact. If you consider replacing your old AC, remember that this replacement will also save you money on your energy bills- since the newer model will run more efficiently and effectively. Also, there are countless tax credits to take advantage of and manufacturer rebates for AC units that are more energy efficient. Either of these could help alleviate the cost of a new unit.

Call Gary Munson Heating & Air Conditioning today to explore AC replacement options. You will be more comfortable with the best!

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