Replacing An Old AC Unit When It Still Works
If your air conditioner stops working, then it's often obvious that you need to replace it. But what if you have an old air conditioner, and you've been waiting and waiting for it to die—but it just keeps humming along? Many older AC units were made very well and can keep functioning for decades. However, that does not mean you need to wait decades longer for your AC to fail so you can replace it. In fact, there are many benefits that come with replacing an old air conditioner before it gives up on you. Here are a few of them.
A new air conditioner will use less energy.
Energy-efficiency was not such a hot topic a few decades ago. Energy was cheaper then, and society as a whole was less worried about sustainability. As such, most older air conditioners use a lot of energy. They also tend to become even less efficient over time as their various parts wear out. So, if you replace your old air conditioner with a new one, your energy consumption should drop dramatically. You won't get a sticker shock every time you open an energy bill anymore. And you can feel good about this move since it's good for the planet.
A new air conditioner uses readily available coolants.
The coolants used in air conditioning units have changed over the years. In decades past, many AC units used a coolant called R-22, which was later found to be bad for the ozone. If your old AC unit develops a coolant leak, your HVAC contractor might not be able to get the coolant it needs. If you instead replace your AC unit with a new model, you can rest assured that the coolant for it will be available, if needed.
A new air conditioner will be quieter.
Old air conditioners are often noisy. They started off noisy, and they became even noisier as they got old and parts loosen. If you replace your old air conditioner with a new one, you'll notice it's a lot quieter. This can allow you to get better rest at night. Your neighbors may also enjoy not having to listen to your old, noisy AC unit anymore.
You don't have to wait until your AC unit fails to get a new one. Replacing it before it fails is often a better approach because you get to enjoy the benefits above. To replace your unit, contact an air conditioning service in your area.