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“Should I Replace My Central AC System?”

While there are numerous reasons for replacing an AC system, the biggest and best one of all is system age.

The logic goes like this. Central AC systems, for the most part, are designed to last 15-20 years. Not bad, right? But toward the end of their run, their energy efficiency numbers are way down vs. when they brand new. In fact, if you have a system that’s at least 10 years old, chances are it’s running only about 60% efficiently as it once did. That means, in turn, it’s costing you nearly double to run it. So by replacing it before it completely breaks down, you’ll instantly starting saving money on your electricity bill, enough to cover the cost of your replacement AC system in as little as a few years.

Makes sense, right?

But now, something unique is afoot that gives you an equally compelling reason to proactively replace your system. In case you haven’t heard, Freon (R-22 refrigerant) will no longer be available to recharge your aging system as of 2020. In the meantime, Freon already costs about 5 times what it used to, a circumstance caused by its planned and gradual phase out.

Freon already has been banned from use in new AC systems. Today’s systems come equipped with the more environmentally friendly R-410A, more commonly known as Puron.

So what does any of this have to do with replacing your AC system before it’s time? Let’s say you needed a typical 5-pound recharge of Freon today, in 2016 vs. even just a few years ago. A few years ago, you would have paid about $50 – $100. Today, closer to $500. A year or two from now? Try $1,000 or more, provided you can still find a local HVAC contactor that still has access to Freon. And things only get more expensive if your unit develops a refrigerant leak.

Our advice? Don’t get caught in the Freon squeeze, especially if your AC system is already at least 15 years old. For more information about your repair vs. replacement options, contact GBT Heating and Air today. We’ll here to help you make exactly the right choice for your home, family, and budget – just like always.



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