With summer’s heat lurking just around the corner, air conditioners in Northeast Ohio will soon be working hard to keep our homes cool.
For some homeowners, it can feel like it takes an eternity for their AC unit to cool their home on a hot day. If that’s the case, it’s wise to figure out how old the central AC system is, as age plays a critical role in the unit’s operating efficiency.
Spring is the perfect time to leap into action and confirm the age of your air conditioner and plan for maintenance or even the installation of a new unit. Keep scrolling to learn how to determine the age of your HVAC unit.
Why does the age of my AC unit matter?
Your household budget. If your AC is running inefficiently or is nearing the end of its lifespan, it’s time to start budgeting for a replacement.
Energy efficiency. Older models aren’t nearly as efficient as new, highly-efficient ones. Also, your monthly energy bills will rise when your AC system is nearing the end of its working life.
Maintenance. As an AC unit ages, the costs of keeping it running steadily increase. So, if service calls are nickel-and-diming your budget to death for as long as you can remember, it’s probably well past time to replace that old, barely-hanging-on air conditioner.
Where do I find my AC system’s manufacturer info?
Every AC unit has an information tag, usually attached to the AC condenser unit outside your home. Once you’ve found it, check the upper right corner of the nameplate for the unit’s manufacture date.
If this date is not available or legible, you can always use the brand, model, and serial number to help you determine the age of the unit by researching this information online.
Or, you can hit the easy button and call our expert team here at Hey Neighbor Heating & Cooling! We’re always happy to help you figure out your system’s age.
Should I replace my AC system?
How old is too old for a central air conditioning system? The average system life for most ACs is around 10-15 years, so if your AC is over 15 years old, it should be replaced. If it falls between 10 and 15 years, you should consider other factors, such as:
• Has your AC been losing efficiency or costing more to run?
• How many repairs have been made lately, and how much did they cost?
• And most importantly – is it keeping your home cool?
What refrigerant does my AC use?
Of vital consideration is the type of refrigerant that your system uses. Again, you’ll be able to find this information on the manufacturer tag.
If your AC uses R-22 refrigerant, then you should purchase a new air conditioner as soon as possible. Why? Because R-22 has been phased out and banned in the USA. A new AC will operate more efficiently and use a more environmentally-friendly refrigerant, such as R-410A.
Neighborly Tip: When shopping for a new central AC system, pay close attention to a unit’s SEER rating. This measurement determines how efficient the AC unit is.
Need a central AC system upgrade?
Say goodbye to your old, inefficient AC unit and call our friendly team at Hey Neighbor Heating & Cooling for 5-star-rated HVAC installation across Northeast Ohio. Also, if you’re not sure how old your unit is or what kind of refrigerant it uses, don’t hesitate to reach out to us. We’re always happy to help!
Call Hey Neighbor Heating & Cooling to schedule repairs or a system upgrade consultation today – 844-HEY-NEIGHBOR!