Is It Time to Replace Your Air Conditioner?
As a homeowner, one of the biggest decisions you’ll have to make about your air conditioner is when it’s time for a new unit. Although a new air conditioner can be a big investment, so can the costs of continuing to repair and operate an old, inefficient one. So, how do you know when it’s time to replace your air conditioner?
Your air conditioner is more than 10 years old:
In general, you can expect a well maintained A/C to last about 15 years. However, if you’re in need of
expensive repairs and your unit is more than 10 years old, it will often make more sense to replace it.
This is especially true when you consider the upgraded efficiency new A/C units have today.
Your air conditioner is inefficient:
If your air conditioner has a low SEER rating, it can cost you a lot of money to run. Newly manufactured
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.
You are facing expensive repairs:
Any time you’re facing expensive repairs, weigh the costs of the repair against the costs of a new A/C unit. If the cost of the repair would cover a large part of a new system, and especially if your air conditioner is showing other signs of aging, it will likely make more financial sense to replace it.
Is your A/C unit constantly giving you problems, not keeping you cool or breaking down? Are you calling someone every month because of a new problem with your unit? These repair costs can really add up, and it doesn’t make sense to keep making them on older units. Save yourself the headache and the money. Call the Mackey Team. We will make sure you have a new, energy efficient A/C system that will work for you.
Air conditioner uses R-22 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 rapidly. If your A/C uses freon, you’ll have to replace it eventually to switch over to the new refrigerant (R410A). If you’re having major problems with your A/C, especially if it involves the need for more freon, now may be a good time to replace your unit.
Your home isn’t cool and comfortable:
Do you have a hard time keeping your home cool? This could be the sign of an aging air conditioner or maybe even an incorrectly sized system. Regardless, you want your air conditioner to do its job! If it’s not going to keep your home cool, replace it with a unit that will.