4 Reasons to Replace a 20-Year-Old AC

July 25, 2023
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You may have a 20-year-old air conditioner, and it may seem to be running all right. However, the average service life is 10 to 15 years when a system is properly maintained, so your system is already past-due. Consider these four reasons to replace your 20-year-old air conditioner.

1. Reduce Energy Costs

Even if your system seems to be running well, chances are that at 20 years old, it’s not running as efficiently as a newer system. First, efficiency standards have only improved over the last 20 years, with new models required to have a minimum efficiency of 15 SEER, which stands for seasonal energy efficiency ratio. Further, an older system will have lost some of its efficiency due to wear on the system’s components.

2. Avoid Mid-Summer Breakdowns

One of the risks of an aging system is that it’ll suffer a catastrophic failure, even if it seems to run fine right now. Unfortunately, it’s during the hottest parts of the summer that it experiences the most strain and is most likely to break down. You can avoid this by replacing your system before it fails.

3. Get More Consistent Cooling

As your system ages, it may not circulate air as effectively as it did. Sub-optimal parts, a circulating fan that’s starting to fail, and a clogged system are all contributing factors. Regardless of the cause, a new AC unit can provide better air circulation and more consistent cooling.

4. Reduce Your System’s Noise

An air conditioner will produce some noise as it runs, and many older systems tend to produce more noise than newer systems. Wear contributes to part of the noise, but so does older technology. For instance, the newer high-efficiency variable-capacity system runs at less than full capacity for about 80% of the time, which produces less noise.

When property owners around Hayden want trusted heating and cooling service, they’ve called Border Sheet Metal & Heating since 1942. Our experts provide heating and AC installation, maintenance and repair along with indoor air quality solutions. Call to schedule your consultation appointment with one of our NATE-certified technicians today.

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