When Is It Time to Replace Your Air Conditioner

As a homeowner, one of the hardest questions you will ever ask yourself is “do I repair, or replace my AC?” While it might seem thrifty to repair your system, the more economical decision is often to replace. If you have any of the following problems with your unit, call Climate Design to learn if it’s time to upgrade your system.

1. You Need Constant Expensive AC Repairs

There comes a point when your AC is just no longer worth fixing. If you’ve recently had major problems with your air conditioner, and were shocked to see how expensive it would be to fix, it might be time to think about a new system. A newer AC may be cheaper than fixing your old system, and will last you longer than your old air conditioner. Plus a new system can save you money on your electricity bill.

2. Your HVAC Unit it Older Than 10 Years

The general rule of thumb is that a well-maintained unit will last you anywhere from ten to fifteen years. So, if you are facing a repair and your system is more than ten years old, it might be time to consider a new AC unit. While you might be able to fix your system temporarily, it will not last much longer, and the money you pay to keep your old system working could be going towards a newer and more efficient unit.

3. It Uses R-22 Freon

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has started the process of phasing out Freon from air conditioning units. This means that Freon is getting more and more expensive. If you have issues with your current AC and it uses Freon, it is probably worth going ahead and switching over to a unit that uses refrigerant.

4. Your AC’s SEER Rating is Below 13

The EPA is also regulating the Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio rating of air conditioners. It is now illegal for manufacturers to produce units with a SEER rating below 13. If you have an older system, it could rate as low as a 6. This is not only environmental hazardous, but will cost you more money on your energy bill each month.

5. Your AC Fails to Keeps Your Home Comfortable

This is possibly the number one sign it’s time to replace your unit. When you no longer feel comfortable in your own home, you know it is time to say goodbye to your outdated AC. Many times, it is one of the first signs your AC is on its way out; when no matter what you set your thermostat to, your home is never cool enough. Yet somehow you still face huge utility bills each month. If your AC just isn’t doing the job anymore, it’s probably time to move on.

Contact Climate Design for a New HVAC System

There is no need to suffer because of an inefficient air conditioner. Call Climate Design today and discover how we can help keep you cool.