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If your outside AC unit is on the fritz, you may be wondering if you can replace just the unit itself. The answer is maybe. It all depends on the age and condition of your current AC system.
If your system is relatively new and in good working order, it may make more sense to replace just the outside unit. However, if your system is old or in need of repairs, it may be time for a complete replacement.
Can you replace just the outside AC unit?
- To replace just the outside AC unit, you’ll first need to shut off power to the unit at the breaker box
- Next, remove the screws or bolts that secure the AC unit to the bracket or wall mount
- Carefully lower the unit from its mounting position and disconnect any wiring
- Take the old AC unit to a local recycling center or HVAC contractor for proper disposal
- Select a new AC unit of the same size and type as the old one, and connect it to the power supply and bracket or wall mount using screws or bolts
- Finally, turn on power to the new AC unit at the breaker box and test it by turning on your thermostat inside your home
-How Long Does an Outside Ac Unit Typically Last
An AC unit that is properly maintained can last up to 15 years. However, the average lifespan of an AC unit is 10-12 years. Outside units are subject to weather conditions and can therefore experience more wear and tear than inside units.
If your home’s central air conditioner is more than 12 years old, it may be time to replace the entire unit. However, if the outside unit is still in good working order, you may be able to save money by replacing only the inside portion of the system. This can be a tricky decision, so it’s important to consult with a professional HVAC contractor to determine whether replacement or repair is the best option for your home.