When To Kick Your AC To The Curb

How old is ‘ye olde air conditioner? While your AC may not have kicked the bucket yet and is technically still operating, that doesn’t mean it isn’t time to kick it to the curb…

Is it time to send your AC system packing?

  • It’s older than dirt.
    Age is a surefire indication that it is time to trade your AC in on a younger model. The EPA’s Energy Star program recommends upgrading any system older than 10 years old. Not only are newer models more efficient thanks to higher SEER ratings, but older systems will increasingly lose efficiency over time, costing you energy dollars.
  • It’s high maintenance.
    High maintenance AC systems could cost you more in repairs over the few useful years they have left than upgrading to a new system. How can you tell when it’s time to a let a high maintenance model go?
    • Breakdowns during peak use that leave you sweating repair bills on summer’s hottest days.
    • Repairs tallying more than half of the value of your existing system.
    • Your AC repair service is on speed dial, and you send your repairman holiday cards.
  • It’s temperamental.
    Uneven temperatures and high humidity that leave you feeling uncomfortable are telltale signs of an AC system you need to send packing before mould, mildew, and air quality issues take root.
  • It’s starting to get loud with you.
    Noise is a key indicator of an AC system struggling to keep up with your cooling demands and screaming for attention. If your system is excessively noisy during operation or shuts off at random moments, it may be time to consult a professional.

Getting off to a fresh start with a new system has its advantages:

  • A 20-40 percent savings on cooling costs, depending on SEER rating, adding up to significant monthly savings over the life of your system.
  • Increased comfort and air quality.
  • A greener, R-410A refrigerant enabled system versus the nearly obsolete R-22 refrigerant of your old AC unit.
  • Tax credits of up to 30 percent on high efficiency systems.
  • Green rebates and other incentives from your local utility provider.
  • No more waiting around for the repairman and hard-to-find parts.
  • A warranty to cover repair costs in the unlikely event of issues.

How much energy could I actually save?

Cooling needs are typically the largest contributor to your energy bill. And as with much of technology on the market these days, AC technology continues to improve year after year. Your older, pre-2006 AC system probably has a SEER rating in the 8-12 range, as indicated by the factory sticker on the unit. What could you save by upgrading? Replacing your old dinosaur of a system with a newer model with a 14 SEER rating – the minimum required in most states – you could save an expected…

  • 56% on a 6 SEER system.
  • 49% on a 7 SEER system.
  • 42% on an 8 SEER system.
  • 35% on a 9 SEER system.
  • 28% on a 10 SEER system.
  • The higher the SEER rating – the greater the savings!

Ditch the excess baggage of an old AC system and start anew. Contact Aire Serv® to schedule your free AC replacement quote today!