When it comes to replacing your air conditioning unit, there are certain safety measures you should take to ensure the process goes as smoothly as possible. The United States Department of Energy estimates that the average lifespan of an air conditioner is around 15 to 20 years, although in warm climates where air conditioners are used almost all year round, their lifespan is much shorter. If repairs cost more than 50% of the cost of the air conditioner itself, it's time to replace it. To keep your unit running efficiently, it's recommended to have it serviced at least once a year and change and clean the filters every 1 to 3 months. In addition to regular maintenance, consider if the time has come for an update if you can afford it.
Air conditioning technology has been advancing for 10 years and there are new features such as variable speed, communication systems, two-stage technology, smart thermostats and interactive control. The most important maintenance task that will ensure the efficiency of your air conditioner is to replace or clean your filters on a routine basis. When replacing a part of the system, whether the HVAC compressor or the air controller, it is recommended to upgrade both systems and, at a minimum, inspect the ducts if they need to be replaced. Before starting the replacement process, it is recommended that you hire reputable HVAC companies to calculate the installation costs of an air conditioning system a maximum of four times. HVAC technicians often work outside in extreme heat or cold conditions. This exposes them to the risk of fatigue, dehydration, heat stroke, hypothermia, and frostbite.
As an HVAC technician, it is important to know your limits, wear the right clothing, hydrate, and take necessary breaks in order to avoid these conditions. If technicians don't take care of themselves and their co-workers, they won't be able to properly serve customers. Before replacing their new air conditioning system, the crew must first replace the old equipment with their new air conditioning and heating unit. It's important to remember that when replacing only part of the system - such as just the outdoor unit or just the indoor unit - this can cause a mismatch throughout the system which can lead to energy efficiency problems or more difficult repairs.