When is it time to replace your air-conditioning unit?

How do you know when you need to replace your current HVAC unit? Here are some signs you should look out for to help you decide:

  • How old is your system? – The average lifespan of an air conditioning unit is approximately 10-15 years. If your system is over 10 years old, it may be more cost effective to replace than repair the unit. A new system will work more efficiently and help lower your electric bill which accounts for roughly 45% of your total utility costs. Your unit may also use R22, a refrigerant that is being phased out to meet environmental protection regulations and expensive to replace.
  • Is your system noisy? – If your system is noisy, there is a good possibility that your duct system does not accommodate the square footage of your home or there is an issue with the unit’s outdoor coil.
  • Do you have excessive dust? – If you see a constant presence of dust in your home, you may have leaks in your ductwork. The leaks will compromise your unit running efficiently and result in higher operating costs.
  • Are you having constant repairs? – The amount of money you are putting into repairs and the frequency of repairs is a good indicator that the unit is beyond its shelf life.
  • Inconsistencies in temperature – When a unit is not maintaining consistent temperatures throughout your house your equipment is malfunctioning or there are issues with your ductwork.

The above signs may be an indication that you should think about replacing your unit. A new unit will eliminate the constant repair cost, lower your utility bills, raise your home value and keep you and your family in year-round comfort. Call us at Family Air at 520-399-5850 for an analysis of your current system and a free quote today.

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