At some point you will need to replace your air conditioner, even with regular maintenance. This may be because of frequent breakdowns or just routine wear or tear. It is also true that you might be tempted to pay a small amount on repair instead of changing the entire unit. However, this might cost you more as you will need to spend more frequently on repairs, and you can as well end up paying high electricity bill due to inefficient air conditioning unit gulping more than necessary energy. In a nutshell, when your air conditioner is due for change, repairing it is just a waste of money. Now the question is how do you know it is time to change your air conditioning unit rather than repair it? It is simple, here are some of the most common signs that you should change your air conditioner.
If your air conditioner now breaks down frequently, then it is high time you changed it otherwise you will incur too much cost on frequent repairs and it won’t still work efficiently.
A unit that’s more than 10yrs old
Manufacturers design most HVAC systems to last for around 10 years. So, there is no point repairing an AC unit that is more than 10 years when you probably have to replace it soon anyway. A brand-new air conditioner can help you save a lot on repairs, and potentially utility bills.
Besides, modern systems use an environmentally friendly refrigerant called R-410A that doesn’t deplete the ozone layer, while old systems use R-22 also known as freon that isn’t so environmentally friendly. An R-410A refrigerant will not work with a unit designed with freon, and with the EPA ban on R-22, the price of freon has skyrocketed making many repairs of old systems impractical.
To learn more about if it is time to replace your air conditioner rather than repair it, contact us at Air plus Heating & Cooling