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4 Reasons to Replace Your 12-Year-Old Air Conditioner

HVAC Technician

Air conditioners, like all other appliances, do not last forever. If yours is still pumping out cold air, you may assume you should keep it around until its function stops completely. However, it's usually better to replace an air conditioner before it completely fails and leaves you without cold air on a scorching summer day.

In fact, if your air conditioner is 12 years old or older (the average lifespan of an air conditioner), you may want to replace it this spring. Here are four reasons why.

1. A New Air Conditioner Is Less Likely to Fail

Living in a muggy, hot home for a few days while your HVAC contractor replaces your air conditioner is not enjoyable. Older air conditioners are more likely to fail, leaving you in a lurch. If you replace the system before it fails, you can do so in the spring when the weather is still cool and you don't have to experience discomfort during the installation.

The repair costs for an older air conditioner can add up quickly. Why keep paying to fix an aging system when you can put that money towards a new one that's protected under warranty?

2. A New Air Conditioner Uses Modern Refrigerants

Chances are, your old air conditioner runs a refrigerant known as R-22, or more colloquially, Freon. While R-22 was the standard for some time, it was found to be destructive to the ozone and is thus being phased out. R-22 has become more and more expensive each year since 2013, and it will be illegal to purchase in 2020. 

Right now, if your R-22 air conditioner breaks or needs its refrigerant topped-off, you can still obtain R-22, but it is very expensive. In another two years, you won't be able to obtain the refrigerant at all.

Replace your old air conditioner with a new one that runs R-410A, a more modern, eco-friendly refrigerant, and you won't have to worry about the availability of refrigerant if your system develops a leak.

3. A New Air Conditioner Will Save You Money on Energy

There are two reasons why old air conditioners use more energy than new ones. First, old air conditioners were not made to be as efficient as today's systems. Second, systems become less efficient as they age.

If you're using an air conditioner that's 12 years old or older, you're probably paying for more for energy than you need to. Invest in a new air conditioner, and you'll recoup a generous portion of the installation cost in the form of energy savings.

Of course, using less energy is not just good for your wallet, either. It's also a smart move for the planet, since most resources used to generate energy, from natural gas to coal, are in limited supply.

4. A New Air Conditioner Will Keep You More Comfortable

As air conditioners age, their function tends to slowly decline. You may not realize it, but your home is probably more humid than it was when you first purchased your air conditioner.

As the coil ages, it becomes less effective at extracting humidity from the air. A moist home is more apt to grow mold, and humid air does not feel as cool. A new unit will more effectively remove moisture from the air, making your home more comfortable.

New air conditioners also operate more quietly than older models. If you love a silent home or have a young child who is easily awoken by noises, a new unit will make your home a more enjoyable place to be.

Spring is a great time to replace an aging air conditioner. If you are seeking energy savings, peace of mind, and greater comfort, contact Action Plumbing & Heating Maintenance for a free estimate or to schedule a new air conditioner installation.‚Äč