It’s not uncommon to see homeowners running air conditioning units that are 20+ years old. Bear in mind that the average AC unit’s lifespan can be 12 to 15 years here in the Phoenix AZ metro area. And while we realize that many homeowners would like to postpone the expense of having to install a new AC unit, there are some very good reasons why you just shouldn’t postpone your AC replacement.
Here are 3 good reasons you may want to replace your old AC Unit
1. R-22 Refrigerant is being phased out and is not Eco Friendly
If your air conditioner was installed before 2010, it likely uses R-22 refrigerant (commonly known as “FREON”) which will no longer be produced or imported after January 1, 2020. Why? Use of R-22 refrigerant was determined to be harmful to the ozone layer. Therefore, as older air conditioning units experience leaks which prevent them from cooling effectively, adding R-22 refrigerant is a common solution. However, because of the demand for R-22 and its reduce availability, prices for R-22 have increased significantly.
2. Better Energy Efficiency
Do you like saving money? A newly manufactured AC unit should be significantly more energy efficient than ones that were manufactured 10 or more years ago thereby saving you money on your monthly energy bill. Depending on the Seer rated unit you select, you could save more in energy costs with a higher SEER rated unit. Typically, you’ll be able to choose a SEER rating from 13 to 22, depending upon the manufacturer.
3. The Uncertainty of Failure
Once your AC unit gets beyond a certain age (12-15+ years), even with regular maintenance, you have an increased risk that the unit will fail. Considering we live in a very hot climate here in Phoenix, Arizona, do you really want to worry that your AC system could fail at any moment during the intense Arizona heat? Also keep in mind that during the Arizona Summer months, HVAC companies are at their busiest. That means, if your AC unit does fail in the middle of Summer, you may not be able to get an appointment for several days or weeks. You also may not have the time to shop around for the best price and best service as you may be glad that ANYONE will call you back for an appointment.
If you have an older AC unit and live in the Queen Creek, AZ area, you may want to seriously consider getting a quote for a new Air Conditioner by contacting the HVAC replacement and installation experts at Eagle Air Cooling & Heating by calling 480-748-1781.