As summer approaches, it can be difficult to know whether you should replace your AC when handed an air conditioning repair Vancouver bill. You don’t want to invest money into a new system when your current system will last longer. Luckily there are five basic things to consider before deciding.
Age of Equipment
If your AC is 12 years or older, it may be time to consider replacement. According to the National Association of Home Builders / Bank of America Home Equity’s Study of Life Expectancy of Home Components , you should anticipate that your air conditioner will last anywhere from 10-15 years. Miller’s Heating & Air offers free in home estimates on new equipment.
Air conditioning repair Vancouver can be costly and stressful. If the cost of the air conditioning repair Vancouver exceeds 50% of the cost of a new AC then it makes more financial sense to replace. An AC replacement can cost anywhere from $4,000-$7,000 depending on brand, sizing and efficiency. Miller’s Heating & Air offers financing options on new AC systems. Learn more about your financing options by click here.
Are you noticing that your utility bills for cooling are noticeably higher or creepy up slowly? It may be time to replace your air conditioner with a more efficient newer system. As AC systems age, they become more inefficient due to dirt, lack of maintenance and normal wear and tear. When you upgrade, make sure to look for an Energy Star rating on the equipment in order to get the most return on your investment. According to Energy Star, upgrading to one of their approved ACs can save you up to 20% on your cooling utility bills.
Heat pumps Vancouver are outdoor units similar to air conditioners except that they can heat and cool the home. They are energy efficient and last longer than air conditioners. On average a heat pump Vancouver last around 16 years while air conditioners last 10-15 years. Even if you decided to replace with a AC rather than a heat pump Vancouver, the newer AC models have advanced technology. This technology is more energy efficient and will increase your comfort in your home. Miller’s Heating & Air is your local AC and heat pump Vancouver expert with over 70 years experience!
The Environmental Protection Agency, known as the EPA, is phasing out substances and chemicals that negatively affect the ozone. One of these substances currently being phased out of use is R-22 refrigerant. R-22 is one of the most common refrigerants used to run ACs. By 2020 there will no longer be any production or import of R-22 refrigerant. Newer ACs are designed to run on a more environmentally friendly refrigerant called R-410A. It’s not a bad idea to consider replacing your old AC for one that runs on R-410A before the phase out is complete.