Is it Time to Replace Your Air Conditioner?

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Veteran Air - Replacing Your AC Unit

With the hottest time of the year still ahead of us, you don’t want to be caught without AC.

Our team at Veteran Air of Sarasota-Bradenton knows how pricy a new HVAC system can be. We also know, however, how hot a house can get when your unit isn’t working the way it should be. While many people rely on repairs and maintenance, when is it time to say enough is enough?

Knowing when to buy a new air conditioner can be difficult, but we’re here to help. There are three questions we often ask our customers if they’re undecided about whether to buy a new AC.

1. How Old is Your Current Air Conditioner?

As with most things, age can have ill-effects on HVAC systems. If your air conditioner is more than ten years old, it might be time for a replacement.

When an air conditioner starts to get old, it’s no longer able to work as efficiently as it did in the past. Customers often complain of the unit not cooling off the way it should, or their house is always feeling hot. This problem is commonly a sign of age.

While many air conditioners can last up to fifteen years, it might not be worth expensive repairs to keep them going.

2. Does Your Air Conditioner Use R 22 Freon?

In the past, most air conditioning units ran off a refrigerant called Freon. In recent years, however, the federal government changed regulations to phase out this substance to conserve energy nationwide. Air conditioners manufactured after January 1st, 2010 now use a refrigerant called R410A.

If your current unit always needs new Freon, you may want to consider making a change.

3. Is Your Air Conditioner Frequently Breaking Down?

While many people complain about the high costs to replace their air conditioner, they often forget how expensive repairs can be.

If you’re continually scheduling service appointments, it’s probably time to buy a new unit. Consistent breakdowns are usually a sign your HVAC system is on its way out anyway. Why put more money into an older AC when you’re probably going to need a new one soon anyway?

Still Not Sure if You Need a New AC Unit?

If you’ve answered these three questions and still aren’t sure what to do – let us help. We understand that buying a new air conditioner is a big decision and we want to make sure you’re making the right one.

Give us a call today at (941) 254-2800 to set up an appointment for one of our experienced Veteran Air technicians to come out and take a look.

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