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4 Signs Your AC Needs Replacing

6/5/2015

Valerie Johannsen People & Brand Manager

June 21st marks the beginning of the summer solstice, otherwise known as the first day of summer. We’re inching our way towards even warmer weather, and soon you’ll be counting on your air conditioner to be your saving grace. In order for your air conditioner to provide you and your family with cool air, it needs to operate at optimal efficiency.

Do I Need to Replace My Air Conditioner?

In most cases, costly repairs can be avoided during your annual tune-up; however, if you’ve been contemplating whether to replace your system, consider these factors:

  1. Cost. Do you find yourself dropping hard-earned dollars on frequent, costly repairs? After the third or fourth time during peak season it may be tempting to forgo any repairs, especially if you’re tired of having to spend money. If repair costs are nearing 50 percent of your air conditioner’s value, seriously consider having your system replaced. Although it may seem like you’re spending more upfront, you’ll save loads of money long-term. Home Advisor reported that most homeowners spend anywhere from $150 to $450 on AC repairs, and if you’re having technicians out on a regular basis, your cash flow could be running dry!
  2. Age. The EPA and Department of Energy’s ENERGY STAR joint program suggests having your air conditioner replaced if it is 10 years or older. When it comes to cost and energy savings, you’ll benefit greatly from a new, more energy-efficient system. An older, less efficient system has to work really hard to provide you with cool air, and this extra work doesn’t come free. How old is your air conditioner? Service Legends is hosting a contest you won’t want to miss out on! We want to see who has the oldest air conditioner. The winner will receive a brand new high-efficiency air conditioner installed for free by the experts at Service Legends!
  3. Efficiency. An air conditioner operating on a low Season Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER) rating is probably costing you stacks of money. New air conditioners are required to have a SEER rating of at least 13, so if your system’s rating is lower, save energy costs by replacing your system. Not sure what SEER rating your air conditioner has? Find out how to calculate it!
  4. Green. In an effort to be more energy-efficient, the U.S. Government and EPA have begun phasing out R 22 Freon. Consequently, the cost of Freon has dramatically risen. If your air conditioner operates on Freon, you’ll eventually have to replace it in order to switch to the new refrigerant.

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If you suspect your air conditioner needs replacing, give the professionals at Service Legends a call today.

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