Air conditioner getting on in years? It’s time to think about finding a replacement.
Did you know that your air conditioner ages? And, as it ages, it may slow down and lose efficiency? If your air conditioner is old, it may be time to stop repairs and think about an upgrade.
Yes, we know, new systems can cost a pretty penny. So “old faithful”, no matter how inefficient, may seem like the money-saving option. BUT, that could be completely wrong. Inefficiency is not something to ignore.
Most air conditioners installed before 2006 are less efficient than standard HVAC systems today. Efficiency standards shot up to 13 SEER in 2006, and then again in January 2015. If your air conditioner is over 10 years old, chances are you are dealing with a 10- or 12-SEER unit. Much less efficient than a 13- or 14-SEER system. Plus, as systems age they can become even LESS efficient. So, it may not even be performing at those lower levels.
This doesn’t even touch on the features a new unit may offer. Heating and air conditioning technology has taken big strides over the past decade. Systems today are more efficient, even out temperatures and operate at low noise levels.
So, to recap, why should you go with a new system?
- Old units get less and less efficient as they age.
- Your old air conditioner may not be worth the costs of repairs.
- New systems make your home more comfortable.
- You can save money with energy-efficient performance.
- Avoid an emergency service call when you need your air conditioner most.
Call your HVAC contractor and see if your air conditioner is on its way out.