can sometimes be hard to pick, but choosing replacement at the right times can
save you tons of cost and heartache. At Polk Air Conditioning, our team often
recommends replacement when:
1. Air conditioner is more than 10 years old.
general, you can expect a well-maintained
air conditioner to last about 15
years. However, if you’re in need of expensive repairs and your air conditioner
is more than 10 years old, it will often make more sense to replace it. This is
especially true when you consider the advancements in efficiency we’ve seen
with air conditioners in the past decade alone.
2. Air conditioner
If your air conditioner has a low SEER rating, it can cost you a lot of money to
operate it. Currently, newly manufactured air conditioners must have a SEER
rating of at least 14. If your air conditioner’s SEER rating is below 14, you
can cut back on your energy costs by replacing it with a new, more efficient
3. You’re facing
Any time you’re facing an expensive repair, you’ll want
to weigh the costs of the repair against the costs of a new unit. If the cost
of the repair would cover a large part of a new system, and especially if your
air conditioner is showing any of the other signs in this list, it will likely
make more financial sense to replace it.
Does it seem like your air conditioner is constantly breaking
down?? These repair costs can really add up, and it doesn’t make sense to keep
making them on older units. Save yourself the headaches and the money by
investing in a new unit.
5. Air conditioner
uses R 22 Freon.
Freon is being phased out by the federal government in order
to conserve energy nationwide. As a result, the costs of Freon are rising
exponentially. If your air conditioner uses Freon, you’ll have to replace it
eventually in order to switch over to the new refrigerant (R410A). If you’re
having major problems with your air conditioner, especially if they involve the
need for more Freon, it’s probably a good time to replace your unit.
6. Your home isn’t
Do you have a hard time keeping your home cool? This could be
the sign of an aging air conditioner or even an incorrectly sized system.
Regardless of the cause, you want your air conditioner to do its job! If it’s
not going to keep your home cool, you’ll want to replace it with a unit that