Why You Should Consider Upgrading to the Lennox Elite Series XC13 Air Conditioner

Posted: 2021-08-03

Is your old air conditioner causing you trouble? Are you hesitating to get a new one because of the price? We’ve got you covered. In this article, we give you some of the differences between old and new AC units to help you make an informed decision.

We are Four Seasons Air Specialists, your trusted HVAC company in Dellwood MN. We offer a wide array of energy-efficient air conditioners from one of the best names in the industry: Lennox.

Here are some of the major differences between outdated and brand-new cooling systems.

Energy Efficiency

Old AC units have energy efficiency ratings of as low as 8 SEER. As your air conditioner ages, it gets less energy efficient, particularly if it nears the end of its average lifespan. Compressors use more electricity and cool less efficiently after about 12 years, depending on the level of usage.

On the other hand, new air conditioners have a minimum SEER of 13, which means they’re significantly more energy-efficient than old air conditioners with a SEER of 10 or below. This difference can mean hundreds of dollars in energy savings per year.


Trying to maintain a 15-year old air conditioner doesn’t come cheap. Old units have to be serviced four times per year instead of the usual two for newer units. That means you’re spending at least $200 on maintenance alone per year.

Conversely, new AC units come with new parts and innovative technology and require minimal maintenance. Simply schedule an annual preventive check to keep them running as well as new.


Not only old air conditioners are outdated in terms of efficiency, but they are also dangerous to the environment, particularly because of the refrigerant they use. If your AC requires R22 as its primary coolant, you’re maybe looking at a $500 bill just to have it recharged. In fact, as of 2010, R22 has been totally banned from production and importation. That’s the reason why it’s so expensive to get an R22 refill.

Contrarily, new air conditioners are equipped with R410a refrigerant. It does not contribute to the depletion of the ozone layer and is better at absorbing and releasing heat than R22.

Features of the Lennox Elite® Series XC13 Air Conditioner

This air conditioner comes with a 5-Year Limited Warranty on the compressor and 5-Year Limited Warranty on covered components. The XC13 may be eligible for valuable 10-Year Limited Extended Warranty coverage with product registration.

With a Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER) rating of up to 13.00, the Lennox XC13 air conditioner can save you hundreds of dollars in cooling costs per year, compared to older air conditioners.

Every component of the XC13 has proven itself through extensive testing in our research labs. So you can take comfort knowing that your conditioner will deliver reliable performance throughout the cooling season.

The compressor is the part of the air conditioner that pumps refrigerant to deliver the cooling your home needs. The XC13’s scroll compressor is engineered to perform reliably and efficiently in the harshest conditions.

To reduce operating sound levels, the XC13 uses a precision-balanced, direct-drive fan, which lets it run at a volume as quiet as 76 dB.

Its high-efficiency outdoor coil provides exceptional heat transfer and low air resistance for high-efficiency operation.

Its PermaGuard™ Cabinet is a heavy-gauge, galvanized steel construction, louver coil guard, baked-on powder finish, and durable zinc-coated steel base that provides long-lasting protection against rust and corrosion.

Its SmartHinge™ louver design allows quick, easy access to interior components from all sides for cleaning and maintenance. Protects coils from damage and provides a clean appearance.

Its precision-balanced direct-drive outdoor fan is designed to provide quieter operation and longer product life.

It has drainage holes that prevent damaging moisture from collecting inside the base pan.

Its Chlorine-free R-410A refrigerant provides exceptional comfort without exacting a costly environmental toll.

Upgrade with Four Seasons Air Specialists

If you are interested in this product, give us a call. We are a Lennox Premier Dealer that delivers excellent White Bear Lake AC repair and installation services, guaranteeing optimum performance. We’d love to sit down with you and answer any questions you may have about air conditioners or home comfort.