Should I Replace My 15-Year-Old Air Conditioner?

June 23, 2021

With adequate maintenance, your air conditioner will provide worry-free performance for years. But, just like any other machine in your residence, it will at some point need to be upgraded. Knowing when to replace it is important to skip costly repairs, costly utility bills and interruptions to your comfort.

When it includes keeping cool and your residence’s energy efficiency, our Halverson Brothers Inc specialists are looking out for your best interests. There’s a lot that goes into determining when your air conditioner should be replaced. Here are a couple of aspects you should consider when you’re thinking about upgrading your 15-year-old air conditioner.

Age

Most of the time, the Department of Energy says most air conditioners last for 15–20 years. If yours is 15 years old, it’s well past the halfway point. It’s wise to get started prepping for air conditioning installation before it goes out so you aren’t roasting while you’re waiting for a replacement.

Dependability

How dependable is your air conditioner? Does it cool well, even on the warmest days? Or is it frequently breaking down? When your air conditioner is less reliable it’s time to begin thinking about getting a new one.

Repair Bills

Over your air conditioner’s life cycle, it’s anticipated for it to need a handful of small repairs. But if your air conditioner repair cost is more than half the cost of a new air conditioner, it’s smarter to just get a new one.

Energy Efficiency

Every air conditioner has a SEER rating, which measures how proficiently it uses electricity to produce cooling. If your air conditioner was installed in 2006, it will be a minimum of 13 SEER per federal rules. However, your air conditioner becomes inefficient as it wears out.

Today, 15–18 SEER is a popular number, but efficiency can go as high as the mid-20s. Air conditioners with greater SEER ratings are usually costlier but may pay for themselves over the years through increased energy savings. And installing an energy-efficient air conditioner, especially one that’s an ENERGY STAR® air conditioner, can make you eligible for extra rebates.

Comfort

Are you comfortable when your air conditioner is on? Or are you constantly turning down the temperature to remain cool? An old air conditioner could have trouble keeping your house comfortable as a result of decreased efficiency. A modern air conditioner, particularly a variable-speed air conditioner, can minimize high humidity and hot and cold spots. Instead of operating at full blast all the time, these air conditioners run at multiple speeds to fine-tune your comfort.

Noise

Your air conditioner should provide cooling you can feel, not hear. If noise is bothering you, ask us about getting a variable-speed air conditioner. Many of these air conditioners operate at a sound level that’s comparable to a regular conversation.

Smart Thermostat Compatibility

Getting a smart thermostat is a wise approach to keep up with energy efficiency, with very little effort necessary from you. And, depending on the rebates available by your utility company, you could be able to get a free smart thermostat or get one for not much. Most of these thermostats can adjust to your temperature preferences and then create an energy-efficient schedule to match. They also know when you’re at home or gone and alter temperatures accordingly.

If you have an older air conditioner, a smart thermostat might not work with it. Getting a new air conditioner is a surefire method to ensure smart thermostat compatibility.

Refrigerant Type

If your air conditioner was installed before 2010, it potentially uses Freon®. Also known as R-22 refrigerant, Freon is no longer being manufactured due to its bad effects on the ozone layer. You can see if your air conditioner runs on R-22 by looking at the sticker on the outside unit, which will include the refrigerant kind.

If your air conditioner is working fine, you can keep on using it. However, if it ever experiences a refrigerant leak, fixing the problem will be costly. That’s since Freon is only available in limited, recycled amounts.

Newer air conditioners run on Puron®, or R-410A. But you can’t just use Puron in a Freon air conditioner, since pressure requirements are different.

Our Technicians Make Air Conditioning Installation Easy

If you’re still deciding whether you should replace your 15-year-old air conditioner within the immediate future, consider this. The Department of Energy says doing air conditioning replacement for a 10-year-old model can lead to 25–40% in energy savings! And those savings can really accumulate as time passes.

We are aware that air conditioner cost is your first question. That’s why collaborating with Halverson Brothers Inc for air conditioning installation in Menomonie and western Wisconsin and surrounding areas is simple and affordable. Our technicians will help you select the right model for your needs and then discuss all the possibilities. These include special offers to help you save more and financing for qualified customers to make your new air conditioner accommodate your budget.

Reach us at 715-352-4052 to request your free, no-pressure estimate right away!