Most people that live in single family dwellings have, at some point, faced some type of dreaded AC issue. When it is hot, it is miserable! Temperatures climb and tempers tend to flare. Most families do not have the expertise of answering the big question, should they repair, or just replace altogether? Replacing your HVAC unit is an investment, so it’s good to educate yourself on what to do. Below are three reasons why 2016 is a good time to invest in your home comfort for many years to come:
Age of Unit
The age of the unit plays a big role in determining when to replace. Some technicians have been known to use the “5,000” rule. A simple yet effective formula that can give a general idea of when you might need to replace your unit. If the cost of the repair multiplied by the age of the unit is greater than $5000, it is probably time to replace. For example, if you have a $350 repair times 10 y/o unit = $3500, then you should be ok with just the repair. If the result is $5000 or more, then it is probably a good indication that it is time replace.
Multiple charges of R-22 (Freon refrigerant) indicates a coolant leak. Topping off a system with R-22 can be sometimes become costly. Total costs for a leak repair and several pounds of Freon begin to tug at your wallet. Also, the costs of refrigerant have recently skyrocketed recently due to the EPA’s eventual phase out of R-22 by year 2020. A new more environmentally friendly R-410 will be replacing R-22.
Consistently Rising Utility Costs
Have you ever heard the old saying, “if it ain’t broke don’t fix it”? According to www.energystar.gov, consider how frequently you make repairs (5,000 rule). How long will you live in your house? What are your utilities like now? If the unit shows no signs of a leak and your energy bills are low there probably isn’t a need for an immediate replacement. Then, look at structural issues like drafty windows or improperly sealed doors. This is especially true in fairly new construction when the house hasn’t “settled” yet. As of January 26, 2006, a new standard went into effect that requires air conditioning units to have a Seasonal Energy Efficiency Rating (SEER) of 13 or higher. The higher the rating the more efficient it is and the lower your utility bills will be.
Contact Climate Design in 2016
The professionals at Climate Design can easily help you with strong technical advice on how to approach any situation. Contact us today to discuss all of your heating, ventilation and air conditioning needs and services for 2016 and beyond.