A new air conditioning system is a major investment, but sometimes it’s better to bite the bullet than to continue wasting money on an inefficient, malfunctioning system. But the line between when to replace your air conditioner and when to fix the one you have isn’t always clear. If you notice any of these five signs, it might be time to give Hawthorne Plumbing, Heating & Cooling a call at (702) 904-8028 for an estimate on a new air conditioning system.
If you’ve kept up on maintenance, you can usually expect to get about 15 years of service out of your air conditioner. But if it’s north of 10 years and things are starting to break down, it probably makes more sense to replace it now rather than spending more money on repairs to try to get a couple more years of life out of it.
Just like any piece of machinery, there comes a time when an expensive repair just isn’t worth it. If the repair cost is even remotely close to the cost of a new system, you may be better served replacing the entire thing with a more efficient air conditioning system, especially if the air conditioner also fits any of the other categories on this list.
Do you know the SEER rating of your current air conditioner? This energy efficiency metric is an easy way to tell how expensive your air conditioner is to operate. A low rating means it’s costing you more to run the air conditioner than a model with a higher rating. Every new air conditioner manufactured today has to have a rating of at least 13, so if your current air conditioner is rated lower than that, it could be time for an upgrade to a unit that’s less expensive to run.
Does it seem like you’re calling for service a lot lately? Repair costs add up quickly, and if your unit is also old or inefficient, it might not make financial sense to keep paying for repairs on a unit that’s giving you a lot of trouble.
Does your air conditioner use Freon, also known as R22 refrigerant? The government is phasing out this less efficient refrigerant, which means the Freon stock that’s left is now rising in price. If you’re already having problems or you foresee the need to recharge with R22 soon, consider switching to a current model that uses the new R410A refrigerant.
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