How to Know it's Time to Replace Your Air Conditioner

The following are signs that it might be time to replace your air conditioning system:

Air conditioner is more than 10 years old.
In general, you can expect a well-maintained AC unit to last about 15 years. However, if you’re in need of expensive repairs and your air conditioner is more than 10 years old, it may make more sense to replace it. This is especially true when you consider the advancements in efficiency you can experience with a new system.

Air conditioner is inefficient.
If your air conditioner has a low SEER rating it can cost a lot of money just to operate it. New air conditioning systems are required to have a SEER rating of at least 13. If your air conditioner’s SEER rating is below 13, you can cut back on your energy costs by replacing it with a new, more energy-efficient one.

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You’re facing expensive repairs.
Any time you’re facing costly repairs, you’ll want to weigh the costs of the repair against the costs of a new AC system. If the cost of the repair would cover a large part of a new system, and especially if your air conditioner is showing any of the other signs listed here, it will probably make more financial sense to replace it.

Frequent breakdowns.
Is your air conditioner breaking down often? Are you calling Penguin Mechanical what seems like every month because of problems with your unit? These service call and repair costs will really add up, and it doesn’t make sense to keep making them on an older AC system. Save yourself the headaches and the money by investing in a new unit.

Your air conditioner uses R 22 Freon.
Freon is being phased out by the Federal Government in order to conserve energy nationwide. As a result, the costs of Freon are rising exponentially. If your air conditioning system uses Freon, you’ll have to replace it eventually in order to switch over to the new refrigerant (R410A). If you’re having major problems with your air conditioner, especially if they involve the need for more Freon, it’s probably a good time to replace it.

Your home isn’t comfortable.
Do you have a hard time keeping your home cool? This could be the sign of an aging air conditioner or even a system that is not sized properly. Regardless, you want your AC system to do its job! If it’s not going to keep your home cool, you’ll want to replace it with a new unit that will.

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