How do you know when it’s time to replace your AC?

Aside from the obvious complete breakdown what are some signs that it’s time to replace your air conditioner? There are some general guidelines and some indicators that it’s time to replace your system before you find yourself sweating it out in the height of the hot weather.

Is your AC over 10 years old?

It might be time to consider replacing your unit. It’s not an absolute hard and fast rule but it’s getting near the up end of its usable life. If your current unit hasn’t earned an ENERGY STAR label then making the switch to a more efficient model could save you up to 20% on your cooling costs.

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Are your energy bills going up?

If the price of energy hasn’t increased and the season hasn’t been unusually harsh then this might be a genuine indicator that it may be time to replace your unit. Your AC may be having to work hard to insure that your home is cooled to your specifications.

Are some rooms too warm or too cold?

This is another sign that your unit may not be functioning properly. It may just need some adjustments or repairs but it could also mean that your AC has outlived it’s peak performance years.

iStock_000071741571_DoubleIs your old system an R-22?

R-22 (also known as HCFC-22) is being phased out. Learn more about the phase out from the EPA. R-22 is a greenhouse gas and the Montreal Protocol requires the US to reduce its consumption by 99.5% by the year 2020 from baseline level caps. R-22 results in a by-product that contributes to the larger Climate Change problems. These stem from leaks, improper installation and removal, and production. If your unit is problematic and it’s using R-22 then you might strongly consider replacement.

Is your AV excessively noisy?

You may have problems with the internal coil or the refrigerant in your unit. This can be the result of a couple of different problems and can result in a couple different problems.

So, what to do?

Overall, if your system is still performing well then you can probably get more use out of it. If repairs are becoming for frequent and costly then it’s really time to let it go. At a point repairs become nothing more than temporary patches and continuing to put money into an old system is money that’s not going into buying a new one.

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