Navigating the Lifeline of Your Air Conditioner

Wondering if it’s time to purchase a new air conditioner for your home? Sensible Heating & Cooling breaks down “all things air conditioner” in this edition of our blog.

  1. Rate of Use. Generally, HVAC experts suggest the lifespan of an air conditioner is 12-15 years, although it’s hard to assign a specific number. Frequency of use pays a big part in determining how long you’ll have the unit.
  2. Routine TLC. Air conditioners require yearly upkeep. Schedule a visit with an HVAC professional each spring to have the compressor checked and coils cleaned. If issues arise, be sure to discuss whether it’s worth fixing the unit or purchasing a new one. Repairs can be costly and only “buy” an extra season.
  3. Energy-consumption. Appliances are becoming more energy efficient. The unit may be working just fine, but if its using tons of energy to get the job done, it’s likely time to trade up. Newer units require less energy and save money.
  4. Freon Matters. By 2020, the Federal Government will require all residential air conditioners to use an eco-friendly coolant to produce cool air. The production of traditional refrigerant R-22 is declining and will soon be eliminated from use.

Air conditioners are an investment. When purchasing a new one you want to be sure you’re getting a high-quality unit that is going to last a long time. Make sure to talk to your HVAC professional about the best unit available for your home.

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