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

June 23, 2021

With adequate upkeep, your air conditioner will offer worry-free service for many years. But, like any other appliance in your residence, it will ultimately need to be updated. Knowing when to replace it is essential to avoid costly repairs, costly electrical bills and interruptions to your comfort.

When it involves keeping cool and your home’s energy efficiency, our Redhawk Heating & Air Conditioning pros have your best interests at heart. There’s a lot that goes into deciding when your air conditioner requires replacement. Here are several aspects you should consider when you’re thinking about replacing your 15-year-old air conditioner.

Age

On average, the Department of Energy says many air conditioners last for 15–20 years. If yours is 15 years old, it’s well past the halfway point. It’s recommended to begin prepping for air conditioning installation before it goes out so you aren’t roasting while you’re waiting for a new one.

Reliability

How trustworthy is your air conditioner? Does it cool reliably, even on the hottest days? Or is it regularly needing repairs? When your air conditioner starts becoming less reliable it’s time to begin thinking about getting an upgraded one.

Repair Bills

Over your air conditioner’s life span, it’s anticipated for it to need a handful of minor repairs. But if your air conditioner repair cost is more than half the price of a new air conditioner, it’s recommended to just replace it.

Energy Efficiency

Every air conditioner comes with a SEER rating, which ranks how proficiently it consumes electricity to make chilled air. If your air conditioner was installed in 2006, it will be at least 13 SEER to meet federal guidelines. However, your air conditioner loses efficiency as it gets older.

Now, 15–18 SEER is a popular ranking, but efficiency can go as high as the mid-20s. Air conditioners with higher SEER ratings are typically costlier but may pay for themselves over their life span through increased energy savings. And getting an energy-efficient air conditioner, especially one that’s an ENERGY STAR® air conditioner, can make you eligible for extra rebates.

Comfort

Are you comfy when your air conditioner is running? Or are you continuously turning down the temperature to keep cool? An aging air conditioner may struggle to keep your house comfortable due to lower efficiency. A new air conditioner, particularly a variable-speed air conditioner, can lower high humidity and hot and cold spots. Instead of running at full blast all the time, these air conditioners work at multiple speeds to adjust your comfort.

Noise

Your air conditioner should give cooling you can feel, not hear. If noise is a concern, check with us about getting a variable-speed air conditioner. The majority of these air conditioners operate at a sound level that’s comparable to an everyday conversation.

Smart Thermostat Compatibility

Getting a smart thermostat is a good way to maximize your energy efficiency, with very little effort required 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 very little. Many of these thermostats can adjust to your temperature preferences and then develop an energy-efficient schedule to match. They also know when you’re at home or out and about and adjust temperatures as necessary.

If you rely on an outdated air conditioner, a smart thermostat might not work with it. Upgrading your air conditioner is a surefire method to ensure smart thermostat compatibility.

Refrigerant Type

If your air conditioner was installed before 2010, it potentially runs on Freon®. Also called R-22 refrigerant, Freon is no longer being made as a result of its negative effects on the ozone layer. You can see if your air conditioner runs on R-22 by reviewing the sticker on the outside unit, which will list the refrigerant type.

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

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

Our Pros Make Air Conditioning Installation Easy

If you’re still deciding whether you should replace your 15-year-old air conditioner soon, consider this. The Department of Energy says doing air conditioning replacement for a 10-year-old model can result in 25–40% in energy savings! And those savings can really build over the years.

We realize that air conditioner cost is your number one question. That’s why partnering with Redhawk Heating & Air Conditioning for air conditioning installation in Odessa and surrounding areas is simple and affordable. Our techs will help you find the right model for your needs and then review 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 432-237-0168 to request your free, no-pressure estimate now!