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Know When to Say Goodbye to Your Old A/C Unit

If your air conditioner is making funny noises, costing you money in regular repairs or is at least 10 years old, it may be time to think about purchasing a new system. Like managing the cost of keeping a high-mileage car on the road, you may be tempted to slap a band aid on your old unit to avoid purchasing a new one, but it could actually be costing you more in the long run.

Newer A/C systems are good for your family, your wallet and the environment because they’re more efficient. The efficiency of your system is measured by the Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER). The higher the SEER, the more efficient the system. If you were to replace an old unit with a 10-SEER rating with a new 21-SEER unit, you could save up to 56% on your cooling costs every year.

The EPA recommends you replace your A/C system if it is over 10 years old to ensure you are operating at peak efficiency. Here are some other signs that it may be time for a new air conditioner:

  • You find yourself frequently calling Barineau for repairs, but your energy bills keeps climbing. Don’t end up spending the price of a new home comfort system on repairing an older one.
  • You take the EPA’s home assessment test (find it online at and your Home Energy yardstick score is below 5. The test compares your home’s annual energy use to similar homes and will let you know if you’re paying more than you need to on your energy bills.
  • Every time your A/C unit kicks on, your neighbors think you’re mowing the lawn. Newer systems tend to operate more quietly, so replacing an older system can cut down on the noise in your home.

Barineau can keep you in total comfort, whether you’re ready to kick your A/C unit to the curb, or you just need a repair. Give us a call at (850) 580-4029 to schedule an appointment and get reliable advice about what is best for your home – and your budget.

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