If your air conditioner is more than ten years old, consider replacing it. An old system is less efficient than a new air conditioner, and you will spend a lot on repairs. The following are some other reasons homeowners replace their air conditioning systems.
To Take Advantage of Modern Features
Modern air conditioners have features you will not find in conventional systems. These include humidity controls, self-sanitizing air handlers, and silent components.
For example, modern air conditioners have fan blade shapes that make less noise than older systems. This keeps your home quieter. Modern air conditioners with motors also start up slowly and run at partial capacity. Modern systems also save power by keeping the fan operating at a steady pace.
When choosing modern systems, identify the problem you want to address. For instance, if your problem is indoor odor, choose a system that uses UV light to prevent bacteria, mildew, and mold.
To Reduce Your Carbon Footprint
Since the beginning of 2020, the U.S. stopped producing Freon. If you have an air conditioner over ten years old, it most likely uses the R-22 Freon refrigerant. This refrigerant is an environmental hazard. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is working towards phasing out the use of R-22 Freon. Therefore, one reason you should consider replacing your AC system is if it uses Freon refrigerant.
To Cut Down on Expensive Repairs
If your AC unit is being tuned up annually, you shouldn't be experiencing frequent breakdowns. Many air conditioning repair issues are a result of a lack of maintenance. During maintenance, your technician will spot and rectify any issues with your AC unit before summer kicks in.
However, if your AC system has multiple breakdowns despite being serviced regularly, then you should consider replacing it. Frequent breakdowns amount to frequent repairs. Over time, you will realize that buying a new AC unit is more economical than spending money on expensive repairs.
To Avoid High Energy Bills
If you start paying more for your energy bills, this means your air conditioner is losing its efficiency. As a result, your AC system works harder to heat and cool your home. In many cases, an AC unit becomes less efficient as it gets older. If your energy use habits are the same, but the monthly bill increases significantly, you should be alarmed. The best solution to this problem is to invest in a new air conditioner.
Replacing your air conditioner may seem costly, especially if you are on a tight budget. However, it is more cost-effective than regularly servicing and repairing an old system. Before you consider replacing your AC system, seek the opinion of an HVAC technician.
Contact a professional to learn more about AC systems.