6 Signs That It Is Time to Replace Your Air Conditioner

It is not an easy choice to make, but there are some definitive reasons you will want to consider replacing your HVAC system. At some point, the cost of maintaining and constant air conditioning repair will be more than simply replacing the old system. Not only that but your old system may not work as efficiently as it once did or perhaps upgrading to a more energy efficient system will pay for itself in the long term.


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When It Is Time to Replace That Old HVAC System

  1. HVAC Is Not Running Efficiently: This is one of the most logical and justifiable reasons to replace your old air conditioner. Old systems that are running inefficiently require a greater power draw – ultimately causing your utility bill to increase. This can be especially expensive for those hot summer days in Dallas and McKinney, TX.Inefficient HVAC systems that do not adequately cool or heat the home will also be strained and eventually cause burnout in the system. This means constant air conditioner service costs and will likely lead to permanent disrepair anyway.
  2. Constantly Breaks Down: As discussed above, the cumulative cost of recurring ac repair will quickly add up to the cost of a new unit. So, instead of waiting until an inopportune moment to be forced into a new air conditioning installation, plan ahead now and preemptively avoid a financial catastrophe from happening to you and your family.
  3. Repair Costs are Very Near the Price of a New HVAC System: Think of this as a blessing in disguise. If your air conditioning repair costs would cover the majority of the price of an entirely new HVAC system, then it would make much more sense to put the cost of repairs against the price of a new system.Another reason to consider entirely new equipment is when one part of the system has to replaced. For example, if the outside unit breaks down and has to be replaced, it is possible that the higher performing new outside unit will either not work well with air handler or cause the air handler to breakdown from stress of the higher performing unit.
  4. The HVAC System Uses Antiquated Materials: If your system is older, it may require R-22 Freon to be used in the system. However, this particular Freon is being replaced – under mandates from the federal government – with a more energy efficient and environmentally friendly refrigerant. Eventually, AC service contractor will update their regulatory procedures and refuse to work with R-22 units and eventually, R-22 will be completely unavailable.
  5. The HVAC Has Passed the 10 Year Mark: While AC units that have been well taken care of should last about 15 years, on average, HVAC systems start incurring expensive repair needs at about 10 years old. Not only that, older systems are not up to par with current energy saving standards and you could be saving even more money on your power bill every month by upgrading to a better performing system. A decade is a long time in the energy innovation world and the difference between a unit made in 2007 verse 2017 is substantial.
  6. Square Footage Increase: You have plans to finally build that room edition off the garage, maybe you are considering making the basement into a finished space or even enclosing that screened porch off the back. Any substantial increase in indoor space like the given examples might mean you need to increase your HVAC systems tonnage. If the unit is underrated for the space it will not cool or heat the space properly and ultimately cause the unit to strain and break.