Simple Ways To Know if I Should Repair or Replace My AC Unit

When is it time to replace my Air Conditioning unit?

Certain telltale signs indicate it’s time to consider replacing heating Old AC Imageand cooling equipment, or improving the performance of your overall system. Weather conditions in the Buffalo, NY and North Tonawanda NY area can affect the condition and performance of even the best units. If you are not sure what to do with your existing system, ask yourself a few questions:

  •  Is my Air Conditioner more than 10 years old?
Check out my article How Old Is My AC Unit to help you figure out how old your system is. Consider replacing it with a unit that has earned the ENERGY STAR label.             Installed correctly, these high-efficiency units can save up to 20 percent on heating and cooling costs.

  • Is my Furnace or Boiler more than 15 years old?

Remember – your AC unit is separate from your furnace or boiler even though both units are operating together when the AC is on. Your AC uses the same duct-work, fan motor and thermostat as your heating system. So you could have a 10 year old AC unit and a 15 year old furnace or boiler. Ideally it is best to have them paired up age-wise. If your furnace or boiler is more than 15 years old, consider replacing with an ENERGY STAR qualified furnace, which is 15% more efficient than a conventional furnace. If you have a boiler, consider replacing with an ENERGY STAR qualified boiler that is 5% more efficient than a new, standard model.

  • Does my equipment need frequent repairs and are my energy bills going up?

We all wish our equipment would last like our parents’ and grandparents’ stuff did, but it just does not. As our systems become older they often require frequent repairs because as they age they become less                   efficient. Regular maintenance checks can discover small items that, if tackled at the time of the check can save you major repairs or replacement later. (Maintenance plans offered by most professional heating and AC companies are a must, especially for new installations.)

  • Does my home have humidity problems?

You may see moisture or condensation appearing on your windows. Poor equipment operation, inadequate equipment and leaky duct-work can cause air to be too dry in the winter or too humid in the summer. Some condensation during extreme weather can be normal, but persistent evidence of moisture is not good. 

These are some of the most common questions you can ask if you need to make a decision regarding repairing or replacing your AC unit in Buffalo NY.

It may be time to call a professional contractor to help you if you answered “yes” to one or all of these questions.