When You May Need an AC Replacement
Purchasing a new Air Conditioning unit can be a big investment, but so are the costs of maintaining an older, inefficient one. Below are some signs that can assist you in making a decision.
1. IS YOUR AIR CONDITIONER 10 YEARS OLD OR MORE?
In general, you can expect a well-maintained air conditioner to last about 15 years. However, if you’re in need of expensive repairs and your air conditioner is more than 10 years old, it will often make more sense to replace it. This is especially true when you consider the continual advancements in AC efficiency.
2. WHAT IS YOUR AIR CONDITIONER'S SEER RATING?
Air conditioners on the market today range from 14 to 25 SEER. The higher the number, the more efficient the unit—and the more you’ll save on utility bills. Currently, new air conditioners must have a SEER rating of at least 14. If your air conditioner’s SEER rating is below 14, you can cut back on your energy costs by replacing it with a new, more efficient unit.
3. YOU'RE FACING EXPENSIVE REPAIRS
You’ll want to weigh the costs of the repair against the costs of a new unit. If the cost of the repair would cover a large part of a new system, and especially if your air conditioner is showing any of the other signs in this list, it will likely make more financial sense to replace it.
4. FREQUENT BREAKDOWNS
Does it seem like your air conditioner is constantly breaking down? Are you having to call on a monthly basis because of a new problem? Repair costs can really add up, and it doesn’t make sense to keep making them on older units—It may be time to invest in a new one.
5. YOUR AIR CONDITIONER USES R22 FREON
Freon is being phased out by the federal government in order to conserve energy nationwide. As a result, the costs of Freon are rising exponentially. If your air conditioner uses Freon, you’ll have to replace it eventually in order to switch over to the new refrigerant (R410A). If you’re having major problems with your air conditioner, especially if they involve the need for more Freon, it’s probably a good time to replace your unit.
6. YOUR HOME ISN'T COMFORTABLE
Is you AC keeping your home cool? This could be the sign of an old air conditioner or even an incorrectly sized system. Regardless of the cause, if it’s not going to keep your home cool, you’ll want to replace it with a unit that will.
If you have any questions about when to replace your air conditioner, or if you’d like a cooling system serviced or installed in your home, Contact Wright's Heating and Air today!