If your Alexandria, Virginia, home feels hot and humid and your air conditioner makes lots of noise, you could need a new system. Many new efficient air conditioners come with tax credits to help with initial expenses, and they can help you improve your indoor air quality. You should replace your air conditioner if it’s more than 10 years old, if your utility bills are rising, or if you have frequent breakdowns.
An Older HVAC System
Replacing an older air conditioner is more economical than paying for repairs when you’ll probably have to replace it soon anyway. Most systems to last 10 to 15 years, and many repairs for older systems are more expensive. Outdated systems use Freon or R-22, which harm the ozone layer. Freon is more expensive and scarce since the EPA has banned it in new systems. Newer air conditioners use R-410A, a more environmentally friendly refrigerant.
Rising Energy Bills
Most air conditioners and other appliances use more energy as they get older and minor problems accumulate. You could need a new system if your utility bills keep increasing, you notice warm spots in your home, or you have to set your thermostat to a cooler temperature to stay comfortable. A new air conditioner is a big investment, but lower energy bills make it worthwhile.
If you need to get your air conditioner repaired or have worn-out parts replaced often, getting a new system will be less expensive over time than continuing to pay for repairs. Before you choose a new air conditioner, check the manufacturer’s warranty. Many warranties will cover most costs if you used your old system for less than five years.
Brennan’s Heating and Air Conditioning has more than 35 years of heating and air conditioning experience. We can help you choose the best new air conditioner for your home and install, maintain, and repair a variety of HVAC equipment. Call us anytime at 703-783-0145 for outstanding service.
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