How to Know When It’s Time to Replace the A/C

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replace the A/CIf your A/C is getting up there in years or you’re experiencing problems, you may be wondering how to tell when it’s time for an upgrade. There are several signs to look out for, including:

  • Your system is more than 10 years old. Newer, high efficiency Energy Star systems can save up to 20 percent on heating and cooling costs. In fact, so much has changed in A/C technology in recent years, almost any significant breakdown warrants replacement.
  • You’re paying for frequent repairs. This is a sign your system isn’t running efficiently. Not only is it costing you money in inconvenient repairs, but also added money in energy dollars. If frequent breakdowns are common or your repair bill will add up to half the cost of a new system, it’s time to replace the A/C.
  • The system is noisy. Noise is typically a sign of a system that’s wearing out and struggling to keep up with cooling demands.
  • You have uncomfortable warm and cold spots throughout the home.  Equipment problems and poorly sealed ductwork can result in uneven cooling throughout your home.
  • You frequently suffer humidity problems. Poorly operating or inadequately sized equipment can cause your home to be too humid in the summer and too dry in the winter, leading to air quality issues.

Other Factors Signaling A/C Replacement

  • New refrigerant and the phase-out of old – New, EPA-approved R-410A refrigerant is being used in all new systems built since 2010. This makes the cost of R-22 necessary to repair your old system much more expensive due to its phaseout by 2020.
  • Increased SEER – Since 2006, seasonal energy efficiency ratio (SEER) has been raised from a standard of 10 SEER to a minimum standard of 13 SEER, translating to a 30 percent reduction in electrical consumption and energy costs. Boost the SEER ratings and the savings are even greater.

Are signs showing it’s time to replace the A/C? Contact Rodehiser Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning. We’ve been delivering trusted service to the delighted customers of the Massachusetts’ 495/128 area for 80 years.

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