Air conditioners can last a long time, but eventually, they do give up the ghost. After about 15 years, you will need to seriously consider replacing your unit. Here are a few mistakes to avoid along the way if you want your home to be comfortable and cool once the new AC is in place.
Mistake #1: Waiting for the air conditioner to die completely.
If your air conditioner is still chugging along and cranking out some cold air, you may figure you'll just milk it for all it's worth before replacing it. You might as well get another season out of it, right? Well, not necessarily. If your air conditioner is in poor shape, it will use a lot of energy. That will be a very expensive cooling season, and when it is over, you have to replace your air conditioner anyways! You'll usually be better off replacing it sooner rather than wasting all of that energy in the coming season.
Mistake #2: Having a friend install your new unit.
In an attempt to save money, you may be tempted to try to buy an AC unit yourself and install it, perhaps with the help of a handy friend or a few YouTube videos. But this is not a good project to take a DIY approach to.
There is a risk of electrocution during the installation process, and if you do not install the unit properly, you could expose your family to fire hazards, gas leaks, and an array of other problems. Plus, air conditioners usually need to be installed by a licensed HVAC technician in order for the warranty to be honored. If you install it yourself and anything goes wrong, you could face a big expense. Paying an HVAC technician to install the air conditioner is well worth the expense.
Mistake #3: Choosing the wrong size air conditioner.
Your HVAC technician should work with you to choose a properly-sized air conditioner for your home. Make sure you take their advice in this regard. If you choose an air conditioner that is too large, it will use more energy than necessary. If you choose one that is too small, then your home may not cool evenly or completely. Your HVAC technician may ask you some questions about how cool you keep your home, whether you open the windows at night, and how many people live in your home. They need this information to recommend a properly-sized unit, so make sure you answer honestly.
Mistake #4: Not relocating your air conditioner if needed.
If your air conditioner is not in a convenient location right now, this is the perfect opportunity to move it. Some signs your AC unit may not be properly located include the following:
- You struggle to mow or trim around it.
- It gets in the way when you're using your outdoor space for parties or other activities.
- Your neighbors scatter debris and lawn clippings on it.
- It gets covered in snow that falls off the roof.
If you think your AC unit should be moved, mention this to your HVAC contractor. They may not think to ask you about the AC unit's location otherwise. Moving the unit may mean they have to run some new wire or ductwork, but this is all manageable — and it's better to do it now than to have to wait another 15 years until you replace the air conditioner again!
Having your air conditioner replaced is not difficult if you work with an air conditioning replacement company like Master Service Heating, Air Conditioning & Refrigeration. Before long, you'll be relaxing in a nice, cool home again.