When it comes to an air conditioning unit, it’s not just about age, but also about efficiency, maintenance costs and overall performance. In Alabama, where AC units can get a thorough workout throughout the year, it’s important that your AC is in top-notch condition. Dixie Electric, Plumbing & Air offers the following to help you explore the question “Should I replace my AC unit?”
To begin with, an AC unit’s typical lifespan is 10-15 years, so at 15 years old, your unit is at the higher end of this range. This doesn’t mean it will fail abruptly, but it may not work as efficiently as it once did. Reduced efficiency can lead to higher energy bills as your unit struggles to maintain a comfortable temperature.
Secondly, let’s consider HVAC refrigerants. Older AC units often use R-22 refrigerant, phased out for environmental reasons. If your system requires a refrigerant recharge, it will be costly due to the high price and scarcity of R-22. A new AC unit would use the environmentally friendly R-410A refrigerant, saving you money on recharges and contributing to a greener planet.
Maintenance costs are also crucial. As AC units age, they require more frequent repairs. If you find yourself repeatedly calling a technician, it might be time to consider an AC replacement. A rule of thumb is, if repair costs approach 50% of the value of your system, it’s generally more economical to replace the unit.
Also, technological advancements have made modern AC units more energy-efficient. For example, a new unit will likely have a higher SEER (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio) rating, which means it will use less energy to cool your home, leading to lower energy bills.
Finally, comfort. An older unit may struggle to maintain consistent temperatures or humidity levels. This could result in hot or cold spots in your home, and no one wants that during an Alabama summer!
In conclusion, while a 15-year-old AC unit might still function, it’s probably not performing at its best. Considering the potential for increased energy efficiency, lower operating costs and enhanced comfort, replacing your AC for a new unit could prove to be a wise decision.
For more inclusive information, just call Dixie Electric, Plumbing & Air to schedule an appointment with one of our trained, professional Comfort Specialists.