In the summertime, your house is the place to be! That is – while the air conditioner is on. For your home to stay the ‘coolest’ place to hang out, you need your AC unit to keep up the pace in the Pennsylvania heat. If your air conditioning system is getting older and less effective, you may be wondering what the best course of action is, that won’t break the bank.
Air conditioners 15 years old or more are nearing the end of their mechanical lives. While some systems have been known to last over 20 years, you’ll soon face the following issues:
Retirement of Refrigerants – Many aging units use 410A or R22 refrigerants to keep your home cool. These refrigerants are being discontinued, and the cost per pound of refrigerant to recharge your system is getting more expensive (think hundreds of dollars a pound). Plus, by law, HVAC companies can recharge a leaking / aging unit only once – so recharging your unit is only a one-time, expensive fix!
Repair Costs – If your unit does spring a leak, you’ll be facing the recharging costs mentioned above AND the cost of finding the leak and replacing / repairing your unit’s parts. This could take considerable time, causing high labor costs. If it’s a mechanical issue with your unit and not a leak, be warned that prices are increasing, and parts are becoming scarce for aging systems.
Opportunity Cost – With anything in life that requires a choice, you’ll face an opportunity cost. In this case, moving forward with a costly repair costs you the opportunity to put a sizable down payment on a new system. Speaking to your service technician can help you make a decision.