Why Should You Buy A New Air Conditioner If You Own an Old Home
According to the National Association of Home Builders, the average life expectancy of an HVAC unit is approximately 10 to 15 years. In this case, if your home is over 30 years old and you’ve never replaced your air conditioning system, then it is two times over its traditional “lifespan.” Even if your home is only in this 10-to-15-year window of time, you’re still more than likely due for a brand new unit. Not convinced or simply wondering why this is? Here are our top four most common and hazardous problems associated with old air conditioning units, ranging from bad to worst:
- Overall Cost:
The older your air conditioning unit is, the more money will need to come out of your wallet in general. For one, maintenance will continue to cost more as your unit ages, not to mention the frequency with which it will need maintenance will increase over time. The more your unit ages, the more it will break down and the worse the break downs will be. Plus, your electric bill will likely increase as your old air conditioner demands more energy to function at the same level. Overall, a new air conditioner will likely cost less than extensive and repeated repairs.
- You’ll Suffer During the Summer (And Just About Any Other Month)
Typical air conditioning aging involves one major nuisance: inefficiency. Any Floridian can tell you that the failure to keep air cool is entirely problematic during just about any and every month, and certainly nobody wants to find themselves sweating unexpectedly while indoors in the middle of August. Dirty filters, freezing coils, and low air flow will make it difficult for your unit to effectively cool down your home, and for your unit to fail you during summer could have adverse if not dangerous effects on your physical health.
- Refrigerant Leaks:
Low refrigerant (otherwise known as Freon) is a general problem of outdated air conditioning units, and typically this will contribute to warmer airflow in your home. However, the older your unit is, the more likely it is that the refrigerant itself will actually start to leak. This type of leak may not be as dangerous to you as electrical issues, but it is harmful to the environment and can also cause permanent damage to your overall air conditioning unit if the leak is extensive enough.
- Old Wiring is a Danger to Your Home:
According to the National Fire Protection Association, 14 percent of electrical house fires between 2007 and 2011 were caused by old wiring in HVAC units. Even when old wiring isn’t threatening to set your property on fire, it can still cause repeated electrical outages that are inconvenient at best and still dangerous at worst. Moreover, as this type of wiring is kept hidden within the unit, you won’t be able to see for yourself when there’s an internal problem. Replacing your unit isn’t just necessary for the sake of technological age, but for the sake of modern safety.
Is your air conditioning unit in need of maintenance or replacement? Bold City Heating and Air is here to ensure that both you and your system are taken care of. Call us today to answer all of your questions, schedule an appointment, and experience the bold difference.