When deciding when to replace an air conditioner, its age is definitely part of the equation. Considering most AC systems last 10 to 15 years, a 20-year-old one is quite old.
Cost of Repair
If it has broken down, you must decide between repairing or replacing it. It usually doesn’t make sense to continue repairing an old AC system that has frequent breakdowns, as that gets expensive fast. Some HVAC professionals say to multiply its age by the cost of repair, and if that is over $5,000, it’s better to replace it. Ideal HVAC Services in Warrenton, VA, can help you determine whether to replace or repair your AC system.
Old air conditioners use R-22 refrigerant. This refrigerant can no longer be produced in the US, which means it has gotten very expensive. It can even be the case that the HVAC company cannot get it, which makes recharging the AC impossible. Modern AC systems use R-410A refrigerant, which is much more environmentally friendly, readily available, and not nearly as expensive.
Reduced Electricity Bills
Modern AC systems are far more efficient than older ones, which reduces your monthly electricity bills. Even if you’ve kept your air conditioner well-maintained, it won’t be nearly as efficient as a new one.
More Comfortable Home
An old air conditioner is not making your home as comfortable as it could be. There may be hot and cold spots in your home, or it can no longer produce your desired temperature. Perhaps it no longer removes humidity as it once did, which reduces home comfort.
Ideal HVAC Services installs, repairs, and maintains heaters and air conditioners. We can improve the indoor air quality of your home, such as by installing a whole-home humidifier. We can also help you with duct services and new home construction. Find out more about our company by calling us today.