Your HVAC system is just like any other big ticket item. At some point, it will reach the end of its useful life and thus the need for a replacement with a much newer model if not completely new. Old is gold they say and at times letting go of your old equipment can be quite a tussle. You may even think that you could do a few repairs and replacement of parts to get it back on the road. Most times, such patchwork may not help you and may end up being costly.
Committing to a new purchase on the other hand can be extra difficult. However, looking at it in the long term, such new systems can be extremely beneficial to the environment, your health, and even your resources. How do you know it is time to call it quits with your current system? The following signs can give you a hint that you need to replace your current equipment.
One of the key reasons why people replace equipment yet they are still running is because of the inefficiencies. In the market today, you will get systems that have very high and improved SEER ratings. This means you can save a lot on energy and operation cost with these new systems. If your current system is 10, 15, or 20 years old, it’s efficiency may have dropped significantly.
On average, a HVAC system serves you for between 10 and 15 years. If your current equipment is between this range, it means it is fast approaching its twilight years. Therefore, it makes sense to buy a new system instead of throwing money repairing your old system.
Your System Runs on R22 Refrigerant
Also known as Freon, R22 is one of the refrigerants that was used in HVAC systems for a long time. However, in 2010, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) classified R22 as an environmental risk because of the chlorine content in its hydrochlorofluorocarbon (HCFC) compound. If R22 leaks by accident or otherwise into the atmosphere, it can potentially deplete the ozone layer. Because of this, systems running on R22 are also slowly being phased out hence the need to replace your system. The new equipment runs on a much more environmental friendly R410A refrigerant.
Increasing AC Costs
If you keep track of your AC running costs vis-à-vis the usage, you will discover that it balances off at a certain level. Now, when the usage has not changed, but you see the cost skyrocketing, it means your system is developing age or efficiency related problems and thus the need to replace it. Wear and tear of crucial internal parts such as condenser, compressor, and other coils may lead to such observed trends.
Other signs that should prompt you it’s time to think about system replacement or upgrade are such factors as increasing noisy levels and frequent breakdowns. Get a reputable HVAC contractor to advise you on the best upgrade or replacement option.