Any resident of Florida can tell you that having a strong, reliable air conditioner is necessary to stay comfortable during the sweltering summer weather. Perhaps your AC unit isn’t blowing cold air like it used to, or you’ve needed to schedule repairs for it more often than you used to. No matter the reason, it’s absolutely worth considering a replacement if any of these signs are happening to your air conditioner!
1. Your AC Is Aging
One of the most common reasons to be in the market for a new air conditioner is simply the age of your existing model. From wear and tear to outdated technology, any AC unit older than 10 years is worth replacing, even if it appears to be working like normal. Like any technology, a ten-year leap lends itself to considerable increases in efficiency and performance, especially in air conditioners. Plus, each year that passes is another year of use that’s putting proverbial “miles” on your AC unit. It may be working normally, but it’s typically a matter of time before age finally takes its toll on your model. Being proactive and thinking about a replacement now can save you from an unexpected emergency cost down the line!
2. Frequent Repairs
Whether or not your AC unit is an older model, if you’ve been experiencing an unusual amount of repair work, it might be worth considering having it replaced. At some point, the cost of repairs will exceed the cost of a new AC unit. An experienced AC technician would be able to advise whether or not it’s worth replacing a unit or not, but it’s certainly worth asking! If you’ve had numerous repairs done, and your AC is still not cold enough, or making all kinds of clanking, thumping noises, it might be worth just saving yourself the headache of worrying about it falling apart during the summer and replacing it sooner rather than later.
3. To Increase Efficiency
Even if your AC is running smooth, if it’s an older model, you may be able to increase the efficiency in your home and save money on energy costs by upgrading to a newer model! Sure, the upfront cost will be more than a monthly utility bill, but you with a more energy-efficient model, you’ll be saving each month. Plus, with a brand-new model you won’t have to worry about repairs or age-related issues for a while!
4. If Your Air Conditioner Uses Freon
Perhaps you’ve heard of R-22, more commonly known as “freon”, and the threat it poses to our ozone layer. What you may not have known is that R-22 is being phased out as a refrigerant, and as a consequence, the cost of R-22 has soared to the point of being uneconomical, especially for use in air conditioners. As of 2010, newer models of air conditioners no longer use R-22, but if you have an older model, it very well may. If you experience a leak in an AC unit with R-22, the cost of repair and refilling may be high enough that simply replacing the unit will be more sensible.
5. To Improve Indoor Air Quality
In addition to cooling your home, your air conditioner is actually an integral part of controlling the indoor air quality in your living space! The air moving around your home travels through your HVAC system, filtering and ventilating harmful particles that can contribute to allergies and other unwanted air quality properties. If the air in your home is humid, stuffy, or you’re experiencing respiratory issues, it might be a good time to consider improving your indoor air quality with a replacement air conditioner.
If you’re experiencing one or more of these signs with your air conditioner, you can count on East Coast Mechanical, also known as ECM, to help you with the replacement process. We’re family-owned and operated since 1985, and our experienced staff is ready to answer all of your questions!
For more information on AC repairs, see: How to Prolong the Life of Your AC Unit