Homeownership requires tough choices. We all know that investing in a home raises its value, but where and how might be difficult. Kitchen renovations? Finish basement? It depends. HVAC system decisions are more difficult. A failing A/C may need new thermostat batteries or a more substantial repair. Older air conditioners typically need to be repaired or replaced.
Replacing your A/C is crucial. Modern air conditioners can last 15 years, so it’s important to choose the right one for your home. It’s not a quick choice. If your older A/C fails on a 100-degree day, you may have no choice. Decide quickly. Air conditioners fail slowly, like old cars. By monitoring your older A/C, you may prepare for a new one before you need it.
Here are four indicators your A/C is dying.
Decades Old Air Conditioner
If your A/C is ancient, start saving for a new one. Air conditioners, unlike furnaces, are outdoors and exposed to high temperatures year-round, shortening their lifespan. Modern air conditioners endure 15-20 years, whereas older ones last 10-12.
Whether you maintained your A/C over its life affects its health and efficiency. Your A/C may last less if you forgo annual tune-ups. How often you use the unit, how hot and humid your neighborhood is, and if the unit was properly suited for your home might also effect its lifespan.
If you maintained your air conditioner, it should last 10-15 years. As your A/C ages, its mechanical parts may become unavailable. If you can’t fix it, buy a new one.
Your Air Conditioner Breaks Often
Your air conditioner shouldn’t break down in summer if you obtain annual tune-ups from qualified professionals. Maintenance prevents many A/C difficulties. HVAC specialists can also detect and fix A/C issues before summer.
Given this, multiple A/C malfunctions despite routine maintenance are concerning. If your A/C breaks down, start planning for a replacement.
Repairs from regular failures can pile up. If your warranty has expired, buying a new machine may be cheaper than pricey repairs.
Energy Bills Are Soaring
Your energy bill should stay about the same each month, except during furnace and A/C seasons. If your energy use hasn’t changed but your monthly bill has, you may need a new air conditioner.
Higher energy bills may signal an air conditioner problem. As air conditioners age, energy expenditures rise. High energy bills aren’t a big deal. If your energy bills keep rising, you may need a new A/C.
Your A/C Uses R-22 Freon
U.S. Freon production will end on January 1, 2020. This may seem minor, but it could influence your property more than you think! R-22 Freon is used in air conditioners over ten years old. The EPA is phasing out R-22 because it harms the environment. Freon-using air conditioners shouldn’t fear. Your A/C will still work in 2020. However, prepare for a replacement. After 2020, Freon refills for air conditioner repairs will be unavailable. You’ll need a non-R-22 A/C then.
A new A/C need not be a surprise purchase. You can tell when your air conditioner needs replacing by monitoring its performance. Call Elite Climate Control if you think your A/C is in need of replacement. Our HVAC experts can help you choose an air conditioner that fits your budget and cooling demands.