The need for an AC replacement will hardly be good news for any homeowner. Air conditioning units do not come cheap. It is essentially one of the most expensive equipment at home. It is considered an investment, and an ill-maintained AC will always be a red flag to any interested home buyer.
Every homeowner should be aware of when their home needs an AC replacement. Knowing when the AC was bought is key to this as an aging system will never be as efficient as a homeowner would like it to be. HVAC professionals say, the energy efficiency of a central air conditioning unit diminishes once it reaches its 12th year of operation. The longer it is used, the lower its power efficiency gets. Aging and usual wear and tear take its toll, especially in ACs that do not regularly have their AC checked and tuned up.
Aging is the usual reason why an AC is replaced. The second reason is the possible shift to a new system. Either the owner wants to explore more energy-efficient alternatives, decides to be more eco-friendly, or has been forced to do so due to a move.
Another possible reason is the damage. Maybe, the AC gave up too soon because of ill-maintenance or other problems like poor quality or poor installation. But whatever the reason may be, the owner has to ensure that he replaces that AC when needed. Delaying any further will be counterproductive for the following reasons:
1. Delaying AC replacement means higher cooling bills. Aging or malfunctioning AC uses up more electricity or natural gas to keep the whole house comfortably cool. By using up more energy, the malfunctioning AC, in effect, drives up utility bills.
2. Delaying AC replacement translates to inconvenience. A property owner would have to call for AC service now and then wasting time and money. This is a definite hassle for everyone in the household.
3. Delaying an AC upgrade can be expensive too. Apart from burgeoning utility bills, it also means more money spent on professional service calls and parts replacement. It may be best just to have the AC replaced altogether to ensure that the money does not go to waste.
4. Delayed AC upgrade means hassle and discomfort. Apart from the inconvenience of calling for emergency air conditioner repair now and then, it also means the house is not as cold as the homeowner would like it to be. Imagine paying the same (or even higher) air conditioning bills, and then not having the desired indoor climate?
And while it is not easy for everyone to shell out money for a new AC equipment, there are ways to make the expense a little bit easier on the pocket. Some HVAC manufacturing companies, and even contractors that offer flexible payment plans that allow cash-strapped homeowners to upgrade their AC. Homeowners should consider these options, as this is more viable than paying for repairs and utility bills while suffering discomfort and inconvenience.