Now that summer is just around the corner, there are a lot of images that come to mind...relaxing by the pool, road trips, summer vacations, sprinklers, mowing the lawn, the sound of kids playing outside, birds chirping, barbeques, and let us not forget, hot summer days and nights.
If you’re like most Ohio residents, around May, you start to crank on the air conditioner, especially at night when you need a good sleep so you can feel rested and work the next morning. But what if your AC doesn’t work on cue? If your unit is old, now you’re wrestling with the question, “Should I repair or replace the AC unit?”
Should I Keep My Old Unit?
Our main question is, “How old is your home air conditioner?” We ask this because the chronological age of the unit is a very important factor when deciding if it’s better to repair or replace the air conditioner. Your unit is less than 10-years-old, it’s probably OK to simply repair it, but it depends on the issue.
On the other hand, air conditioning technology has greatly improved in the past 10 years, especially as it pertains to energy efficiency. If your current central air conditioning unit is 10-years-old or more, you may want to consider upgrading it to a new model. If your AC is 15 or more years old, we definitely recommend replacing the unit. The average lifespan of a whole home air conditioner is roughly 14 years.
You can learn more about ENERGY STAR’S recommendations for replacing air conditioners by clicking here.
If You Have a Coolant Leak
If you have a coolant leak, just putting in several pounds of refrigerant can run as much as $1,000 because R-22 refrigerant can cost over $175 a pound. If a unit has an R-22 leak, it’s usually better to replace it. Why? Because, once there’s a coolant leak, the compressor goes out next and this can cost as much as $2,000. Additionally, HVAC manufacturers stopped producing AC units charged with R-22 in 2010.
Related: Summer Energy Saving Tips
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