Top Reasons to Choose an AC Replacement for Your Older Cooling System


According to the International Association of Certified Home Inspectors (InterNACHI), the average lifespan of a central air conditioner is 7–15 years. If your system is at the upper end of this range (or has already passed it), take a look at the top reasons to replace your AC now.

1. Poor Cooling Quality

Decreased cooling quality points to a potentially serious AC issue. If your system is new (or newer), it's likely a qualified HVAC technician can repair the air conditioner. But an older system may require a replacement if:

  • Decreased cooling capacity is constant. Is this a first-time issue or have you already repaired the system for the same problem? If decreased cooling is a constant problem or something you've already called the contractor to fix, its time to consider a replacement.
  • There's a refrigerant leak. Even though this a problem a technician can repair, in an older system a refrigerant leak may signal the need for a replacement. Older AC units use HCFC-22 (R-22). This ozone-depleting product is no longer made in the U.S.
  • Replacement parts aren't available. If the right parts (or manufacturer-approved) aren't available for your older AC system, the technician may need to replace the entire unit.

While poor cooling quality is a major issue, it isn't the only reason to replace an older air conditioning system. The environmental impact of your air conditioner is another reason to explore a replacement.

2. Environmental Impact

Is your older AC system efficient and environmentally friendly? An older air conditioner may not have the technology necessary to reduce the system's impact on the planet. Older air conditioners may:

  • Use more energy. An older system may have wear and tear or excessive damage. This can reduce the air conditioner's ability to cool efficiently. The harder the system works, the more energy it will use. This impacts the environment and can cost you more in utility bills.
  • Use an older refrigerant. Again, older systems use HCFC-22 refrigerant. This cooling option contributes to ozone layer depletion. The U.S. government began a phase-out of HCFC-22, while the production of the product completely stopped (in America) in 2020.
  • Gather dust and debris. Older air conditioners don't only affect the global environment. Years of dust and debris in your ducts can pollute the indoor air. This can impact the immediate (or home) environment.

If you need AC replacement services, contact a qualified HVAC or appliance contractor. An experienced contractor has the knowledge and skills necessary to inspect the existing system and recommend the right replacement for your home's needs.


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