With adequate upkeep, your air conditioner will offer worry-free performance for a long time. But, similar to any other thing in your home, it will ultimately need to be replaced. Knowing when to get a new one is essential to skip pricey repairs, higher energy bills and interruptions to your comfort.
When it includes keeping cool and your home’s energy efficiency, our Select Comfort Systems Heating & Air Conditioning pros have your best interests at the forefront. There’s a lot that goes into figuring out when your air conditioner requires replacement. Here are several things you should consider when you’re thinking about updating your 15-year-old air conditioner.
On average, the Department of Energy says many air conditioners last for 15–20 years. If yours is 15 years old, it’s well past the center point. It’s recommended to get started planning for air conditioning installation before it goes out so you aren’t roasting while you’re waiting for a new one.
How reliable is your air conditioner? Does it cool well, even on the hottest days? Or is it frequently needing repairs? When your air conditioner becomes less trustworthy it’s time to get started thinking about getting an updated one.
Over your air conditioner’s life span, it’s normal for it to need several little repairs. But if your air conditioner repair cost is more than half the expenses of a new air conditioner, it’s smarter to just replace it.
Every air conditioner comes with a SEER rating, which ranks how efficiently it uses electricity to create chilled air. If your air conditioner was installed in 2006, it will be at least 13 SEER according to federal mandates. However, your air conditioner becomes less efficient as it ages.
As of now, 15–18 SEER is a popular number, but efficiency can go as high as the mid-20s. Air conditioners with greater SEER ratings are typically more expensive but might pay for themselves over the years through improved energy savings. And installing an energy-efficient air conditioner, especially one that’s an ENERGY STAR® air conditioner, can make you eligible for added rebates.
Are you cool when your air conditioner is running? Or are you continuously dialing down the temperature to stay cool? An older air conditioner may have problems keeping your home cool due to lower efficiency. A modern air conditioner, particularly a variable-speed air conditioner, can lower high humidity and hot and cold spots. Instead of cooling at full blast all the time, these air conditioners operate at multiple speeds to adjust your comfort.
Your air conditioner should give cooling you can feel, not hear. If noise is annoying you, ask us about getting a variable-speed air conditioner. Many of these air conditioners operate at a sound level that’s like an everyday conversation.
Smart Thermostat Compatibility
Installing a smart thermostat is a good method to keep up with energy efficiency, with very little effort required from you. And, depending on the rebates available by your utility company, you may be able to get a free smart thermostat or get one for not much. Many of these thermostats can pick up on your temperature preferences and then make an energy-efficient schedule to match. They also know when you’re at home or gone and adjust temperatures as needed.
If you rely on an aging air conditioner, a smart thermostat might not work with it. Getting a new air conditioner is a surefire way to ensure smart thermostat compatibility.
If your air conditioner was installed before 2010, it probably relies on Freon®. Also known as R-22 refrigerant, Freon is no longer being manufactured as a result of its negative effects on the ozone layer. You can see if your air conditioner runs on R-22 by looking at the sticker on the outside unit, which will show the refrigerant style.
If your air conditioner is running fine, you can keep on using it. However, if it ever experiences a refrigerant leak, solving the problem will be pricey. That’s since Freon is only available in decreased, recycled amounts.
Newer air conditioners run on Puron®, or R-410A. But you can’t just add Puron in a Freon air conditioner, as pressure requirements are different.
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If you’re still deciding whether you should replace your 15-year-old air conditioner now, consider this. The Department of Energy says doing air conditioning replacement for a 10-year-old model can provide 25–40% in energy savings! And those savings can really add up as time passes.
We realize that air conditioner cost is your number one question. That’s why collaborating with Select Comfort Systems Heating & Air Conditioning for air conditioning installation in West Valley City and surrounding areas is easy and affordable. Our pros will help you find the right solution for your needs and then go over all the possibilities. These include special offers to help you save more and financing for qualified customers to make your new air conditioner accommodate your budget.
Call us at 801-305-4777 to request your free, no-pressure estimate now!