The average lifespan of a whole-home air conditioning unit runs between 15 and 20 years. That doesn’t mean that you might run into problems well before 15 years, and on the opposite end of the spectrum, it doesn’t mean that an air conditioner can’t last much longer than 20 years. But when the time comes, here’s what you can expect during your AC replacement.
When to know AC replacement is your only option
A trained technician will determine for you if your AC unit is truly on it’s last leg. Many times during an AC unit’s 15-20 year lifespan things can and will go wrong. Often those things can be repaired and your unit resuscitated. If your technician signals that no repairs are available for the problems at hand, or the possible repairs outweigh the costs and benefits of going with a new unit, then you’ll know that it’s time for an AC replacement.
Choosing a replacement unit
The first real step in AC replacement Port St. Lucie, after you’ve accepted that it’s the only way forward, is to choose a new unit. A knowledgeable and reputable AC service company can help you through this process. Selecting a new unit is intentional, with formulas to determine the capacity of a unit for the size of your home. There are also a dozen or more brands in the industry, some better than others. Lean on your AC service company to help guide you in the right direction.
Understanding the AC replacement estimate
Before getting started on the job of replacing your unit, the AC contractor that you’ll be working with will provide a detailed estimate on the job costs. This estimate will include a lot of important information like: the job start and anticipated completion date, all the tasks that will be required fo the job, a price for each task, material costs, costs for removing the old unit and clean-up after the new one is in, and information about the warranty covering your new AC. Read through this document carefully so that you’re a well-informed consumer.
Testing the new system
After the technician has installed the new unit, there will conduct extensive testing of it before turning you loose to operate it. They will also thoroughly inspect the unit during testing to make sure everything is operating as it should. The final step is to teach you how to use it including an opportunity for you to ask any questions that you might have.