Should I Replace My 15-Year-Old Air Conditioner?

June 23, 2021

With proper service, your air conditioner will deliver worry-free performance for a long time. But, just like any other machine in your residence, it will at some point need to be replaced. Knowing when to install a new one is essential to skip pricey repairs, expensive utility bills and interrupted comfort.

When it comes to being cool and your residence’s energy efficiency, our Airmen HVAC Service specialists have your best interests at the forefront. There’s a lot that goes into determining when your air conditioner should be replaced. Here are a few aspects you should consider when you’re thinking about upgrading your 15-year-old air conditioner.

Age

Most of the time, the Department of Energy says most air conditioners last for 15–20 years. If yours is 15 years old, it’s well past the midpoint. It’s smart to begin planning for air conditioning installation before it wears out so you aren’t sweltering while you’re waiting for installation.

Reliability

How reliable is your air conditioner? Does it cool reliably, even on the hottest days? Or is it regularly needing repairs? When your air conditioner becomes less trustworthy it’s time to start preparing to get an upgraded one.

Repair Expenses

Over your air conditioner’s life cycle, it’s anticipated for it to need several minor repairs. But if your air conditioner repair cost is more than half the cost of a new air conditioner, it’s smarter to just replace it.

Energy Efficiency

Every air conditioner has a SEER rating, which measures how well it uses electricity to produce cooling. If your air conditioner was installed in 2006, it will be a minimum of 13 SEER per federal guidelines. However, your air conditioner loses efficiency as it wears out.

As of now, 15–18 SEER is a popular ranking, but efficiency can go as high as the mid-20s. Air conditioners with greater SEER ratings are usually more expensive but may pay for themselves over their life span 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.

Comfort

Are you cool when your air conditioner is working? Or are you constantly dialing down the temperature to remain cool? An aging air conditioner might struggle to keep your house comfortable as a result of reduced efficiency. A new air conditioner, particularly a variable-speed air conditioner, can lower high humidity and hot and cold spots. Instead of operating at full speed all the time, these air conditioners operate at multiple speeds to adapt your comfort.

Noise

Your air conditioner should deliver cooling you can feel, not hear. If noise is annoying you, ask us about installing a variable-speed air conditioner. The majority of these air conditioners run at a sound level that’s like an everyday conversation.

Smart Thermostat Compatibility

Adding a smart thermostat is a good method to stay on top of energy efficiency, with minimal 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 very little. The majority of these thermostats can adjust to your temperature preferences and then develop an energy-efficient schedule to match. They also know when you’re at home or out and about and change settings as needed.

If you use an older air conditioner, a smart thermostat might not work with it. Getting a new air conditioner is a smart way to ensure smart thermostat compatibility.

Refrigerant Style

If your air conditioner was installed before 2010, it potentially uses Freon®. Also known as R-22 refrigerant, Freon is no longer being manufactured because of its bad 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 include the refrigerant style.

If your air conditioner is operating fine, you can keep on using it. However, if it ever develops a refrigerant leak, solving the problem will be pricey. That’s since Freon is only available in reduced, recycled amounts.

Newer air conditioners have Puron®, or R-410A. But you can’t just add Puron in a Freon air conditioner, as pressure requirements are different.

Our Pros Make Air Conditioning Installation Stress-Free

If you’re still deciding whether you should replace your 15-year-old air conditioner within the immediate future, think about this. The Department of Energy says doing air conditioning replacement for a 10-year-old model can lead to 25–40% in energy savings! And those savings can really accumulate as time goes by.

We know that air conditioner cost is your top question. That’s why working with Airmen HVAC Service for air conditioning installation in Montoursville and surrounding areas is easy and affordable. Our professionals will help you find the right solution for your needs and then discuss 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.

Reach us at 570-322-3131 to request your free, no-pressure estimate right away!