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Should You Replace Your Old AC Unit This Fall?

Once the blazing months of summer are behind you, all you want to do is think about cozy fall days spent in your favorite outerwear by a fire. Coming inside your air-conditioned home to escape the heat becomes a faint memory. We should all throw an end-of-season party for our air conditioners for all the hard work they do keeping our homes comfortable during the summer. Before making the transition to fall, it’s worth inspecting your HVAC system to determine if it’ll hold up to the strain of another grueling summer season.

Bringing in a licensed and trained HVAC professional to inspect your air conditioning system can provide you with valuable information to help you decide if it’s time to replace your old system with a new model. Even if your older system is not giving you problems, it could still be time to replace it. If you decide to upgrade your system, the fall season is the perfect time to schedule your replacement.

Here are three reasons to get rid of your old air conditioning unit and replaced it with a new unit. If these apply to your situation, you may want to consider an upgrade this fall! 

  • You’re Spending Loads of Money on It: Saving money is a great reason to call it quits on your old system. If your utility costs have increased each year and your current system is an older model, then it’s likely not working efficiently. As your HVAC system ages, it becomes less efficient and more costly to operate. Depending on the age of your system, it’s also possible that you’re missing out on loads of cost savings innovations. Unless your home is a new build, you likely had no control over what type of unit was installed in your home. If you replace your older unit this fall, you’ll have the opportunity to upgrade to a model that meets your preferences and technological needs.
  • Your System is More than 10 Years Old: If your system is more than a decade old, the fall is a great time to replace the unit. Ideally, it’s better to replace your air conditioner during a season when you don’t need to use it. It’s also wise to replace your system before you begin to have problems with it. As your system ages, the level of repairs needed becomes more costly. While it’s true that a well-maintained older system could provide you with many more years of service, it will be at a cost. Between anticipated repairs and higher operating costs, replacing your older system now could be the more cost-efficient choice for your home. By operating an older system, you are also missing out on many of the modern innovations that provide a more comfortable home with fewer inconveniences, like noisy operation.
  • You’ve Made Other Associated Improvements to Your Home: If you’ve made improvements to other elements of your home comfort system, like a new furnace or heat pump, then you may find that upgrading your air conditioner would be a wise decision. It’s advisable to have these associated systems close in age so you can enjoy the benefits of an updated energy-efficient system all year long. Even a seemingly minor improvement like installing a new thermostat with WIFI connectivity and improved household monitoring can be the impetus for other comfort system upgrades. If your home is older, many of these modern systems were not available when your home was built, so the fall could be the perfect time to start adding these energy-efficient updates.

The best reason to upgrade your system this fall is that it will ensure your system is ready when it’s time to deal with the sweaty summer months again. Making your improvements during the fall will also give you the time you need to ensure you’ve done your due diligence and researched the right system to fit your needs. Fall is the offseason for air conditioning professionals, so you’ll have time to spend ensuring you get all the necessary tests and inspections to ensure you purchase the right size unit for your home. You can count on us to provide you with professional advice and high-quality products. Call Blazer Heating and Air today at (804) 277-2458 to schedule an appointment with our team.