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When Should You Consider Air Conditioner Replacement?

Is the air conditioner at your Jacksonville home struggling to keep you and your family cool and comfortable all summer? It might not be record high temperatures causing the problem. It could be that you need to consider air conditioner replacement. What are the signs that indicate you need to replace your HVAC system?

It’s Old

One of the best signs that it is time to consider air conditioner replacement is if your unit is old. If it has been installed for more than a decade, it is time to start comparing your options. You don’t necessarily need to replace it immediately – most HVAC systems will operate for 15 years or so – but it is time to shop around for a replacement.

Inefficiency

Take a look at the SEER rating on your existing air conditioner. This is the seasonal energy efficiency rating (SEER) and tells you not just how efficient the unit is, but gives you an idea about the costs involved with operating that unit throughout the year. The higher the SEER number, the better. If you have an older unit, understand that you might be throwing money away through poor operating efficiency. An air conditioner replacement with a more efficient unit could help you save money.

Not Comfortable

If your air conditioner just isn’t able to keep your home comfortable, it might be time to consider a replacement. However, there are other things you can do before that. Check the insulation on the ductwork. Have the refrigerant level checked in your current HVAC unit. Check the filter on the unit to see if it needs to be replaced. Check for bent or damaged fins that might be blocking air flow. All of these things will impact performance, and should be checked during your regular maintenance service.

Old-Style Refrigerant

If your Jacksonville home’s air conditioner still uses old-style R-22 Freon, it’s definitely time to upgrade to a new unit. R-22 was phased out quite some time ago due to its damage to the environment. Because it is no longer being manufactured, supplies are dwindling and costs are rising. That means repairs are likely costing you more and more. Upgrading to a new unit can reduce those costs.

Ultimately, Jacksonville homeowners should invest in an air conditioner replacement if their unit isn’t able to cool their home, or if they want to take advantage of newer, more efficient technology. The most important thing is to work with a trusted HVAC company that can offer affordable replacement units and installation costs.

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