Most people think they’re opting for the cheaper route by repairing their AC unit rather than replacing it altogether.
However, depending on the age and condition of your HVAC system, avoiding a replacement unit may ultimately cost you more money in the long run.
So, how do you know when it’s time to replace your HVAC system? Here are a few red flags to look out for.
1. Your Energy Bills Are Slowly Creeping Up
If you find yourself gradually paying more and more in energy costs for no reason, it may be time to invest in a new HVAC system.
As an AC unit ages, it needs more energy to perform at the same quality. They become less energy-efficient as time goes by, which might explain the spike in your monthly energy bill.
Luckily, newer AC units tend to be much more energy efficient than older models; not just because of age, but because of improvements in HVAC technology.
2. Your Unit Uses Freon, or R-22
R-22 refrigerant, also known as Freon, has become increasingly expensive over the years, and will be taken off the market completely in as little as four years from now.
With that said, keep in mind that if your AC unit uses Freon, expect leak repairs to increase exponentially in cost a few years down the line.
3. Does the Air Feel Less Cool?
If your AC unit feels like it isn’t cooling your home as well as it once did, it may be time for an upgrade.
An AC unit that is not effective in heating or cooling a room means that the system is most likely deteriorating.
4. Are You Getting Frequent Repairs?
An air conditioning unit that needs constant repairs is indicative of needing a replacement instead. Eventually, the cost of repairs will become more expensive than buying a new unit altogether.
Many HVAC technicians use the “5,000 Rule”: Multiply the age of your unit by the cost of the repair. If the answer is over $5,000, it is probably more cost effective to buy a new unit.
5. Is Your Unit Over Ten Years Old?
Although some AC units can last a long time with necessary routine maintenance, no HVAC system will last forever.
The good news is that new AC units offer many environmentally friendly, energy-efficient options that may save you money on your energy bill—and Gulfwind Air is here to help you pick the perfect unit for your home!
Choose Gulfwind Air for All Your HVAC Needs
AC repair and replacement doesn’t have to be a hassle. Gulfwind Air offers both AC replacement and installation to the entire Tampa area, including 24/7 Emergency Repair Services to assist with all of your HVAC needs.
Thinking about investing in a brand new AC unit for your home or office? If you believe your AC unit needs to be replaced or repaired, the Gulfwind Air hotline is available to help make it easy. Contact the Gulfwind Air team today at (813) 605-1799.