Replacing your home’s air conditioning system represents a major financial investment. Before spending your hard-earned money on a new air conditioner for your house, you need to be sure you are making the right decision. What you really want to know is, “Should I replace or repair my equipment?” Asking yourself the following questions should help you make the right choice:
How Old is My Air Conditioner?
Many experts estimate the lifespan of an air conditioning system to be approximately 14 to 15 years. Energy Star advises homeowners to upgrade to an energy-efficient air conditioner if your current equipment is more than a decade old. The money saved in energy for operating costs will offset the price of the new equipment and it is only a matter of time before you will be facing an expensive repair anyway.
Does My Unit Use R-22 Refrigerant?
Older units use R-22 refrigerant while new models use the more environmentally friendly R-410A refrigerant. Because manufacturers began using R-410A exclusively in 2010, production of R-22 refrigerant will end in 2020. This phase out has caused R-22 prices to skyrocket in recent years. This means the cost of repairing a leak can be approximately the same as purchasing a new unit.
How Frequently Do I Need to Call a Professional for Repairs?
Age alone does not indicate how long an air conditioning system may continue to provide reliable service. A high quality system properly maintained by its owner for more than a decade may perform just as well as it did when it was new. At the same time, replacement may be the only option for a broken down system that is only a few years old but poorly maintained. A lack of quality installation is something that can decrease the system’s lifespan, regardless of whether or not it received proper care. If your unit is constantly breaking down or your home fails to feel comfortable despite expensive energy bills, it is time to consider replacing your AC.
A qualified HVAC technician can offer an honest assessment of the condition of your equipment to assist you in making an informed decision. Call us when you need advice about replacement or repair of your home’s HVAC system.