What You Need to Know About Replacing an Air Conditioning Unit

Determining whether you need to replace your home air conditioning unit can be quite the daunting task. But the hope that your HVAC system will make it through another Minnesota summer could leave you high and dry in the worst way.

So, as warmer weather is fast approaching, let’s look at some telltale signs that your air conditioning unit needs replacing. Then we’ll address common questions you may have paired along with questions you’ll want to ask a HVAC expert, as you approach replacement.

Air Conditioning Unit Failure Warning Signs

The following are common signs it might be time to consider air conditioning unit replacement:

  • The age of your air conditioning unit. According to CNN Money, on average, air conditioning units last up to 10 to 15 years.
  • The rise of humidity and/or temperature in your home. If it feels more humid or hot in your home than usual, it could be due to your air conditioning unit malfunctioning.
  • An increased electric cost. Have you noticed that your electrical bill is on the rise, yet your energy usage or paid rate hasn’t increased? This could be a sign your air conditioning unit needs replacement.
  • Unusual noises coming from your equipment. Most air conditioning units make background noise. Yet there are some strange noises to be mindful of. Screaming, banging, gurgling, screeching, or squealing all indicate different issues that your air conditioning unit is about to break.
  • Digital Thermostat is blank or unreadable. A simple function breaking could be a strong indicator that your air conditioning unit is about to stop working.
  • Water leaking from your air conditioning unit. Under normal operation, your air conditioning unit should only produce condensation while in use—about the size of a small puddle. If your unit produces more water than that and does so while not in use, it could be time for a professional replacement.

Replacing an Air Conditioning Unit FAQs

Here are some common questions you may ask yourself as you’re looking into replacing your air conditioning unit:

  • How much will it cost to replace my air conditioning unit? The national average cost to replace an air conditioning unit is $4,631.
  • Is it worth it to invest in a programmable thermostat? Programmable Thermostats cost more but can save you money over time if you learn how to use them.

Important Questions to Ask When Replacing an Air Conditioning Unit

The following are great questions to ask your HVAC technician:

  • How much space am I trying to cool? The whole house, the whole time?
  • Is there anything new or improved with air conditioning that I should be aware of?
  • Should I be replacing or repairing my air conditioning unit?
  • Should I be replacing or repairing my furnace as well?

As you can see, there are a wide variety of questions that come to mind when faced with the need for air conditioning replacement. One key element to keep in mind is that struggling with replacing an air conditioning unit is unnecessary, if you can find trusted professionals in the industry.

Find Professional Air Conditioning Replacement Services Near You

For over the last 30 years, Burnsville Heating & Air Conditioning has delivered exceptional heating and AC services in Burnsville and the surrounding areas. If you think your air conditioning unit needs replacement or repair, please contact us and let us take the questions, complexity, and hassle out of your hands.