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Wondering if your A/C unit will survive another season? Here are four signs it’s time to replace your air conditioner.
Your A/C Unit features R-22 Freon
Did you know that Freon production was banned in Canada at the start of 2020 because they’re bad for the environment? If you have those old model air conditioners, it probably uses an R-22 Freon refrigerator. Thus, repairing your old A/C refrigerator is going to get harder in the coming days. If you do get a new model, make sure that it’s energy efficient and doesn’t use the R-22 refrigerator.
Your A/C Unit is Older Than 10 Years
Although it seems obvious to replace your A/C when it gets old, most people wait until it completely halts operation. Older models last between 10-12 years, while modern versions can reach anywhere between 15-20 years. However, how long your air conditioner lasts comes down to proper maintenance.
The lifespan may also depend on where you live (how humid or hot it gets) and whether you are using the right size unit for your home. However, expect to carry out a replacement after about ten years. When you have an older A/C, its mechanical parts become obsolete and unavailable in the market.
Higher than Usual Energy Bills
A sudden spike in your electricity bill without any changes in your lifestyle, or home’s energy use, is a sign of a failing or broken A/C unit. A higher invoice indicates that your air conditioner is losing efficiency or malfunctioning.
If you get a higher-than-normal electricity bill one month, there is no reason to panic. But start thinking of replacing your A/C when the charges stay high for two to three months. Newer models are more energy-efficient, thus saving you a lot on electricity bills.
Frequent Breakdowns Despite Regular Maintenance
Air conditioners should not require frequent repairs. If breakdowns keep happening, you could end up spending more on repairs than the cost of a new unit. Find out what a new A/C costs and measure that against the cost of a few repair visits. If the cost is half the price of new one, it might be time to start shopping.
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