When Is It Time to Replace Your Air Conditioner?

Are you planning on replacing your air conditioner but you’re not sure when to replace it? If so, you’ve come to the right place!

In this article, we will provide you with tips on when you should consider replacing your central air conditioning unit.

How To Know When It’s Time To Replace Your Air Conditioner

1. It May Use R22 Refrigerant (also known as “Freon”)

The Canadian government is phasing out this dangerous ozone-depleting substance. As of January 1, 2020, Canada banned the sale of  Freon products. Eventually, it will be illegal even to use the existing R22. So what does this phase-out mean for you?

If you have a refrigerant leak and need your system topped up, you won’t be able to purchase the R22 that you need. And eventually, you will not be allowed to run your R22-based A/C at all.

2. It Probably Wastes Energy

A/C energy usage is measured in terms of the ratio of BTUs of cooling energy to the watt-hour of electrical consumption (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio). The old SEER ratings were a minimum of 10; that has now increased to 13 or better.

A modern energy-efficient unit will reduce your carbon footprint, as well as save money on your electricity bills. If you opt for air conditioner replacement, whether you’d like a ductless A/C or central air, look for Energy Star certification.

Another factor (which is not unique to older units) is how much you’re spending on repairs. When your A/C is costing you a fortune in fixes, it could be time to install a new air conditioner. Consider a large repair bill for an older (but still serviceable) unit maybe half the cost of a new replacement unit.

However, if you need to make another costly repair in a year or two (or 5) suddenly that short-term cost-saving repair will end up costing you more than if you had just replaced the unit to begin with! Plus, that new unit will come with a warranty and the expectation of trouble-free operation for a decade.

Last but not least, consider your home’s comfort factor. If the A/C leaves your indoor air humid and sticky-feeling, cools unevenly, or is overly noisy, it’s probably time to look into a better model, such as a new Trane.


Contact Air Care Heating And Air Conditioning

For more information on when you should replace your Air Conditioner, or to speak with us about repairing or replacing the air conditioner in your home or office, contact us today by calling (949) 482-2911 or click here.

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