Air conditioning (AC) is essential to keeping your home at a comfortable temperature, especially during the hottest days of the Tucson summer. If your system is working the way it should, you probably don’t think about it very often. However, you should be aware of possible signs that it’s time to replace your AC unit. A new air conditioner gives you peace of mind knowing that your home will be cool all summer long and modern systems can even save you money on your energy bills.
Here are some signs that it’s time to replace your AC:
Age of Your AC Unit
Your air conditioning system is not built to last forever. Most units need to be replaced after 10-15 years. After this time, your AC is more likely to need frequent repairs. These costs can quickly add up and if you’ve had your system for longer than a decade, replacing it is usually a better option than repairing it.
Your Air Conditioning is Not Energy-Efficient
Since heating, air conditioning, and ventilation (HVAC) uses a significant portion of your home’s power, energy efficiency is essential. One factor to consider is the seasonal energy efficiency ratio (SEER). New AC units have to have a SEER over 13. If your existing air conditioner has a lower rating, replacing it can help lower your energy bills and may be more cost-effective in the long run.
Your AC Uses R22
If your unit uses R22 refrigerant, also known as Freon, you should plan to replace it sooner than later. The United States phased out R22 as of January 1, 2020. This means that it is illegal to produce or import this substance. If your AC system uses Freon and needs to be repaired, you can expect very high costs, if you are able to find R22 at all. Replacing the unit will be less expensive and you will enjoy the other benefits that a new air conditioner offers.
Your HVAC Frequently Breaks Down
No one likes getting stuck without air conditioning. Regular maintenance can help prevent HVAC problems. However, if your system is older, you may notice that it breaks down frequently even if you are taking all the proper steps to keep it running smoothly. In this case, a replacement can give you peace of mind and help you avoid the hassle of constant repairs.
Your Home Isn’t Comfortable
One of the major indicators that you should consider replacing your AC is if your home doesn’t stay at a comfortable temperature. There are many different issues that can contribute to this. One example would be if your unit is not producing enough cool air. It may also be the wrong size for your home. Making an appointment with an HVAC professional can help you determine if the problem can be fixed or if replacement is the best option.
What Type of AC Should You Install?
If you are planning to replace your air conditioner, you should consider a Lennox system. These units are incredibly energy-efficient and are built using state-of-the-art HVAC technology. You can also add additional features such as an air purifier to improve your indoor air quality.
Upgrade Your HVAC
Signature Heating and Cooling is an authorized Lennox dealer. We can help you determine which new system will be the best fit for your needs.