When it comes to replacing your home’s cooling equipment, you have two options: wait until it dies or take action before. Your best option is to replace your air conditioner before it fails. So how do you know when it is time for an AC replacement? Here are some guidelines.
Your comfort level is decreasing
If, despite proper maintenance, your unit struggles to cool your home, it may be time to replace it. One of the early signs of a unit about to go out is a noticeable drop in performance.
It is making strange noises
An air conditioner is not silent but if your unit becomes excessively loud, it may be time to replace it. Moving parts on your AC unit wear down over time and the longer you force them to work, the closer you will be to the inevitable demise of your cooling system.
Rising energy bills
As your AC unit ages, its efficiency decreases. The first place that will feel this effect is your wallet. Your system will consume more electricity to meet your cooling demands, increasing your bill.
It is getting old
Speaking of age, after ten or fifteen years the performance of your AC system can drop off considerably. This decrease in performance means you will be spending much more money to keep your home comfortable.
While replacement will cost you up front, upgrading to a more efficient unit will save you money in the long run.
It uses R22 refrigerant
R22 used to be the standard refrigerant used residential units, and most AC systems installed before 2010 still use it. As of January 1, 2020, the EPA implemented a ban on R22 meaning it can no longer be manufactured or imported in the United States. This ban was due to its damaging effects on the ozone layer.
Even though you are not required to replace your unit, obtaining replacement R22 will become more difficult as the available supply decreases. A replacement refrigerant, R410A, can be used in R22 units but it needs a retrofit kit.
Considering the age of most R22 systems, your best bet is to replace it with a more environmentally friendly alternative.
If you are seeing any of these signs, schedule one of our free comprehensive proposals for AC replacement. We have financing plans available, so you can stay cool without breaking the bank. Give us a call or schedule service online today.