The days are starting to heat up once again. And that means your air conditioner will be put to use before you know it.
Is this the time of year you dread? Has your air conditioner reached an age when you’re no longer sure it will work when you flip the switch?
Denver is one of those places where you can question the need for air conditioning. We may occasionally hit 90, even 100 degrees. But the nights, in general, are cool. Opening up the windows can allow a cool breeze to circulate through your home.
And when the bill for a new air conditioner is in the thousands, it may leave you questioning which is the best route for you: repair or replace your air conditioner?
Consider The Age
Age is the most important factor when trying to decide what to do.
Have you ever heard of the 5,000 rule? It’s one many HVAC companies use when assessing the repair or replace question. Take the age of your equipment and multiply it by the repair cost. So, if your air conditioner is ten years old and you’ve been presented with a $500 repair bill, which equals $5,000. At this rate, you’re better off replacing.
Technology is changing all the time. And it’s not just your phone that is getting more powerful; your heating and cooling equipment are impacted too. Recent advances in A/C technology has greatly improved efficiency. If your air conditioner is ten years or older, significant advances have been made in the way your A/C unit operates. Not only will your equipment be more efficient at keeping you cool, but it will also operate better for the environment too. That means savings all the way around.
R-22 May Be Your Influence
If your air conditioner is a certain age, it may still operate with R-22, also known as Freon. If your air conditioner leaks, it can cost money to fix the leak and top off the system with more refrigerant. But because R-22 is being phased out, it’s harder and harder to find.
If your system still uses R-22 and it develops a leak, it should probably be replaced. Production of R-22 will end altogether in 2020, so it’s better to prepare now and get a new system installed instead.
Is your air conditioner ready for the summer season?
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