Is It Time to Replace Your Old Air Conditioner?
Is it time to stop patching your old system and invest in a new one? Hot weather is ahead and you may be wondering if your cooling system is up to another steamy summer.
Here are 6 signs that your air conditioner may need to be replaced:
1. Your cooling equipment is more than 12 years old. You can expect a well-maintained unit to last about 12-15 years. (If your AC maintenance has been lax, it may need to be replaced sooner.) After that point they may still be able to perform some cooling functions, but they will be slower, will use more energy and will most likely suffer from more frequent breakdowns.
2. Your A/C is not efficient. One of the best ways to know if it is time to replace your system is to compare your energy bills. Look at the energy use for the same time last year to see if there is a large spike or if your bills have continually climbed over the last several years. If you see a significant change, that could be a sign that it is time to invest in a new model.
If your air conditioner has a low SEER rating, it can be expensive to operate. Newer models must have a SEER rating of at least 13. If your’s has a SEER rating that is below 13, you can save money on your energy bills by replacing it with a more efficient unit.
3. You're hearing excessive noise. Units are specifically designed to run as quietly and as efficiently as possible. If your A/C has recently started making more noise than normal, it may be time to call in an expert to do a system check. You might have a problem with loose or disconnected parts, or the motor may be going bad. If you notice that the problem gets worse you may need to replace it.
4. You are experiencing frequent breakdowns. If you're calling a HVAC company often, you know that air conditioner repair can be expensive. Investing more money in old equipment may not be the best move. New units can also save you money on your fuel bills and you may qualify for tax credits that are available for more efficient equipment.
5. Your A/C uses R 22 Freon. R 22 Freon is being phased out by the federal government. As a result, the costs of Freon are on the rise. If your equipment uses R 22 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 unit, especially if they involve adding more Freon each season, you have a leak and it’s probably a good time to replace your unit.
6. Your home isn’t comfortable. Have you noticed your home isn't as cool as it should be? Your unit may not be the correct size or it may mean your equipment is too getting old.
As your cooling equipment gets older, the parts wear down and become much less energy efficient. These are a few warning signs that your unit is on the verge of a breakdown. So if you notice one or more of these symptoms, it may be time to consider replacing the old system.
Now is a great time to replace your old system. We've partnered with Bryant and the utilities to make buying new equipment more affordable than ever. Our Pre-Season Air Conditioning Sale can save up to $2,000 on qualifying equipment.
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