Deciding when to repair or replace your air conditioner can sometimes be a challenging decision for a homeowner to make. Like pouring money into an old car, at some point it becomes financially sensible to replace your unit. To make the right decision, you’ll want to watch for a few specific signs that signal a looming HVAC failure. Yes, this is an expensive decision and best made before your unit breaks down on a 110-degree day, and you’re forced to quickly replace the unit. By paying close attention to the performance of your older AC unit, you can proactively prepare to purchase a new air conditioner.
Here are four signs your AC unit is ready to be replaced.
Your Unit is More Than 10 Years Old
If your AC system is aging out, it may be time to think about replacing it with a new unit before summer. An air conditioner typically has a lifespan of 10-15 years. Outdoor AC units are exposed to extreme temperature fluctuations, and its mechanical parts can become outdated or obsolete. Depending how often your unit runs, how frequently it is maintained, and if the size of the unit is correct for your home, you may need to replace it. More often than not, the cost of a new unit will be less than what you’ll spend on frequent repairs.
Your Air Conditioner Breaks Down More Often
Is your air conditioner making strange noises or breaking down on a regular basis? It may be telling you it’s time for a replacement. Especially if your warranty has expired, it may be more economical to buy a quieter, more energy efficient unit.
Your Utility Bills Have Skyrocketed
Your energy bills should be relatively consistent with the highest bills in the summer. If your usage habits stay the same but your monthly bill mysteriously increases, it may be a signal that it’s time to replace it.. Increased energy costs mean diminishing energy efficiency.
Your AC Unit Uses R-22 Freon
The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) phased out the use of this specific refrigerant because of its harmful effects on the ozone January 1, 2020. If your old AC has a refrigerant leak, your technician may not be able to refill it with Freon. By replacing the unit, you’ll be saving the environment and decreasing energy costs.
Considering an AC replacement? Don’t wait another day. Call Bruce’s today at 480-968-5652 for a free estimate.