If your air conditioner hasn’t been working the way it used to (or isn’t working at all), there’s a chance it might need to be replaced. How can you tell if you need to replace your air conditioner or if you only need an AC repair in Walla Walla, WA?

Read on for the top four signs that your air conditioner needs to be replaced.

  • Age

Air conditioners deteriorate over time for various reasons. One of which is that, unlike furnaces, ACs are outdoor units exposed to extreme temperatures. The average life expectancy of a modern air conditioner is 15 to 20 years. 

The lifespan of your AC is dependent on several factors, including how often it was used, whether or not it was sized correctly, and if it was properly maintained. Additionally, as your AC gets older, parts for repair may be obsolete, making replacement the best option. 

  • Frequent Breakdowns 

Have you been calling around for an  AC repair in Walla Walla, WA, more often than usual? Chances are your air conditioner’s life expectancy is nearing its end. One of the most typical reasons that AC breakdowns occur is lack of maintenance.

During an AC maintenance appointment, HVAC technicians will clean the coils, ensure that electrical controls are working, and test pressures and temperatures. Technicians will often catch minor issues and repair them before they become major problems. If you regularly maintain your AC but it’s still experiencing frequent breakdowns, that may be a sign it’s time to start thinking about replacement.

  • Higher Energy Bills 

For the most part, your power bills should stay the same from month to month, with some changes during the hottest and coldest times of the year. A sudden hike in your energy bills without any major change in energy usage is often a sign that an air conditioner needs to be replaced. 

If one or two power bills are more expensive, that probably isn’t cause for concern. If your power bill increases and doesn’t come back down, it might be time to replace your AC. 

  • R-22 Refrigerant 

R-22 refrigerant (also referred to as Freon) is a substance that’s used for cooling in air conditioners. In 2010, the Environmental Protection Agency put a ban on the production and use of this type of refrigerant in new AC systems due to concerns about its harmful effect on the environment. In 2020, the ban was extended to the production and use of R-22 refrigerants on existing air conditioner systems as well.

So how does this affect you? If your AC system was installed before 2010, it is likely that it uses R-22 refrigerant. You can still keep using your old system even though we are past 2020. However, it’s important to keep in mind that any repairs involving adding refrigerant may now be very expensive or nearly impossible, depending on the supply of R-22. When that becomes the case, you will have to upgrade your air conditioner to a system that doesn’t use R-22 refrigerant.

Replacing an old, broken-down AC with a new one can save you from extra repair work and costs. Looking for AC installations or HVAC Repair in Walla Walla, WA? We can help you with AC installations or repairs.

Call us at (509) 525-8073. For more information, drop us an email at accounts@cpheat.com. Schedule your air conditioner installation or repair today!