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Signs That Your A/C Needs To Get Replaced

Posted on The Cooler Blog June 6, 2013 by Terry Jones

Regular maintenance on your air conditioner is essential in prolonging its life; the average lifespan is 15–20 years. If your A/C is nearing the end of its cycle or close to it, you have 2 choices: either replace or repair it. Well now is the perfect time to weigh your options.

So what signs can help you determine on whether the A/C should get repaired or replaced?

    • Age. If your air conditioner is over 10 years old, it’s highly recommended that you replace it. Repairs can be more expensive, as parts for the old unit are more difficult to find. A new unit is more cost-effective and has better efficiency as well. Modern A/C units are proven to be at least 200% more efficient than older models from 2 decades ago.


    • Refrigerant type. Most modern-day A/C units use R-410A coolant instead of the older R-22. You should definitely replace your old air conditioner with a new one, if yours uses R-22. Those models are no longer available; EPA has confirmed that chlorine from the R-22 damages the ozone layer.


  • Energy costs. You should consider upgrading to an energy-efficient unit if you notice the electric bills continually rising. A 20-year-old unit uses up to 50% more energy; a 10-year-old system uses up to 40% more energy than newer models. The ENERGY STAR label and a high SEER (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio) indicate the energy usage of the unit. Modern air conditioners are required to be between 13–20, but the higher the better.

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