Any time that you are in doubt of the condition of your air conditioner, have a professional contractor come to the home for an examination. If it is indeed time, for you to replace your air conditioner, you will want to do so before the hot summer months come around to save you from the heat.
Your System Uses Freon
R22 refrigerant is being phased out into a complete ban in the years 2020. It is still possible to refill the coolant level in units that use Freon, but it is going to come at a higher price than before. New units use alternative refrigerant types that are much safer for the environment than R22.
Repairs Are Getting More Frequent and Expensive
The recommended maintenance requirements for an air conditioner are regular filter changes and an annual exam by a skilled technician. Breakdowns and problems that require frequent visits are not normal and the cost adds up quickly. Consider the yearly cost of repairs and maintenance to compare with the cost of a full replacement.
The Unit Is Over 10 Years Old
15 years is the total life expectancy of a new air conditioning unit, but it is recommended for a replacement at 10 years. Units manufactured in the last few years are created with a higher standard for energy efficiency and environmental safety. In the long run, it is better to be proactive in replacement than to wait until it breaks down in the middle of summer.
Your Home Is Not Cooling Properly
Does it seem like your air conditioner is constantly running but not actually changing the indoor temperature? If things do not improve from routine maintenance then it is an obvious sign your unit has hit the end of the road.
The Efficiency Rating Is Below 13
Energy Star labeled equipment meets a high standard for efficiency, which translates to a lower electricity bill. The rating for your unit should be as easy to find as looking on the outside of your unit. No matter what size the room or home is, the average seasonal energy efficiency rating (SEER) translates the highest number being the best for savings.
Energy Bills Are Out Of Control
An increase in the monthly utility bills is expected as the warmer months cause the unit to run throughout the day. The best way to compare bills is to look at it next to the same time last year. Replacing the air conditioner with a more energy efficient model can save a significant amount on average.
Don’t wait to buy a new air conditioner until the middle of the summer, especially if you live in hot areas or it could cause problems for you and your family. If you are experiencing any of these scenarios above, you might want to consider investing in a new air conditioner before the hot summer months hit your home, and spare you and your family from from experiencing the constant and wretched heat.
My name is Lizzie Weakley and I am a freelance writer from Columbus, Ohio. I went to college at The Ohio State University where I studied communications. I enjoy the outdoors and long walks in the park with my 3-year-old husky Snowball.