Nobody wants to replace an A/C system that’s still working…but many are starting to think about it! The extreme heat has prompted many homeowners with older A/C systems who live in condos and single family homes to get estimates and prepare for replacement.
Have you been told your A/C system needs a major repair? Does your old A/C system use R-22 refrigerant? If you answered YES to any of these questions this post should help you decide when it’s time to replace your R-22 heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) system.
What is the average lifespan of an HVAC system? When serviced annually and properly maintained the average life of a typical Air Conditioning system is about 15 plus years.
About older HVAC systems… Air conditioners that are older (10 years of age and up) use R-22 as the refrigerant. The price of R-22 has skyrocketed resulting in significantly higher repair bills.
Depending on the exact age of your system, over time replacement parts could get harder to find, and the price of R-22 refrigerant will get more expensive– as production is limited.
Older system typically have a lower SEER rating. SEER measures air conditioners’ cooling efficiency. A higher SEER rating means greater energy efficiency. Today the Department of Energy (DOE) mandates for our region 14 SEER, using R410A refrigerant.
Why R-22 refrigerant is so costly? The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) determined that R-22 damages the ozone layer and is currently in the last few years of phasing out R-22. With the phasing out, the EPA is limited the production and it will not allow R-22 to be imported or made int the U.S. starting in 2020. R410A is the refrigerant used in the manufacturing of new air conditioners today.
Before you invest in another repair to an older system – let M.E. Flow help you with a FREE Repair vs. Replacement Assessment! That way when the times comes to replace your system you’ll be prepared.
With a new HVAC system you’ll get:
- More efficient unit
- 10 year parts warranty
- Peace of mind
- Environmentally safe unit