When the temperatures heat up, it’s time to dust off the air conditioner and fire that puppy up so you can feel nice and cool in your home. But what do you do when you’re not feeling that rush of cool air throughout your home? Here are four signs you need to replace your air conditioner before the 100 degree heat hits Indiana.
1. Your air conditioner is more than 10 years old
Some things get better with age. Your air conditioner is not one of those things. Manufacturers are always improving their products to give their customers the best and most up-to-date technology available. If you have an air conditioner that is 10 years old or older, you could be running into costly repairs that are not worth paying for anymore.
2. Your air conditioner has a low SEER rating
The older your machine gets, the less energy efficient it will become. Air conditioners might look the same, but their Seasonal Energy Efficiency Rating (SEER) can vary widely. Higher SEER numbers save more money and spend less on their energy bill. A 10 SEER air conditioner won’t be as energy efficient as a 13, 16 or 20 SEER air conditioner. Your older model will have a lower SEER number, which means you are paying more money each month on your energy bill. Stop wasting money. Upgrading to an air conditioner with a higher SEER number will help you save money to spend on something you really want, not on bills.
3. Frequent breakdowns and malfunctions
If a service technician is at your home every other week performing maintenance on your air conditioner, it’s time to consider replacing the unit. Constant repair costs will add up very quickly. It doesn’t make sense financially to hold on to an older unit. Invest your money into a new unit and start saving money on your energy bills! Also, you can give your service technician a break from visiting your home twice a month.
4. Your air conditioner uses R 22 Freon
If you own an older model air conditioner your machine is probably still using an R-22 Refrigerant, or Freon 22. Your air conditioner depends on the chemical reactions of refrigerant gas to remove heat from the enclosed area. As technology evolved, so did the use of refrigerants. Freon 22 has been phased out and Puron, or R-410A, has taken its place. Puron-based refrigerants have been proven to be the most reliable and have gained recognition as a long-term solution to ozone depletion. Since Freon 22 is becoming obsolete, having it replaced will become even more difficult as newer machines neglect to use it. If your air conditioner is still running on Freon 22 you need to replace it.
Don’t suffer through boiling summer temperatures. If your air conditioner is 10 years old or older and is malfunctioning regularly it’s time to invest in a new unit. Your friends at Chapman can find you the right unit for your home today! Give us a call at 317-643-6286 to schedule an appointment.
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