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Home Comfort USA is ready to assist with all air conditioning needs.

When your air conditioner is acting up, it can be difficult to know whether a repair will do the trick or if a new air conditioner is needed.

At Home Comfort USA, it is our goal to provide the most cost-effective solution for AC problems, including air conditioning installation and HVAC services.

First, we need to determine if a repair or new installation is needed. At any point in the exploration, know that we are just a phone call away and will be able to answer any of your questions quickly.

5 Signs to Buy a New Air Conditioner

While a repair service might be cheaper today, a new AC unit installation could save you hundreds of dollars down the road.

Purchasing a new air conditioner is no small decision. Knowing the difference between needing a repair and a replacement is of vital importance. Here are five signs to determine if a new air conditioner is required:

The Air Conditioner is Ready for Retirement

The average lifespan of an air conditioner is 10-15 years. Once a unit has hit double-digits, there’s a good chance that it is losing money in repairs and energy efficiency.

Think of an old AC unit like an old car—it takes a lot less damage for it to be considered “totaled.” As the AC unit loses value, the benefit of repairing it gets closer to zero.

The Cost Of Repairs Is More Expensive Than Buying A New Unit

On the surface, this statement sounds like a no brainer. However, we can’t only look at dollar signs. As noted above, the age of the unit matters.

A simple formula for determining the true cost of repairs is to multiply the cost by the age of the unit.

For instance, if repairs cost $1,000 and the unit is nine years old, the true cost is $9,000—well above the average cost of a new unit.

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The Air Conditioner Is Inefficient

The idea of inefficiency can seem like an overstated selling point. From inefficient gas mileage, washers and dryers, and air condition units, what does it all mean? For air conditioning units, we look at the Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER). In its simplest terms, the SEER rating measures how much energy (or how much the electric bill will be) it takes for an AC unit to cool a home.

Depending on the region, federal law requires a minimum SEER rating of 13 or 14. However, new technology has made it possible to buy AC units with SEER ratings of 25—saving customers around 50% on energy costs each year.

The Air Conditioner Is Using R 22 Freon

Similar to the federally mandated SEER rating, a new requirement is on the books requiring R 22 Freon to be phased out in favor of a new refrigerant called R410A. The more people begin installing new air conditioners, the less demand there will be for R 22 Freon, and the higher the price will go for this dying coolant. If an inefficient AC unit requires more and more refills, it might be time to join the new age of home cooling.

The Air Conditioner Is Uncomfortable

SEER ratings are objective ratings. How a customer feels inside their home on a daily basis isn’t as easy to define. But, there are some things to look for. Does the home feel unnaturally humid? Does the home seem to be gathering dust more frequently? Is the thermostat five degrees colder just to keep the house as cool as normal? If you answered yes to any of these questions, the AC unit might not be functioning properly and a new unit could be more cost-effective.

If you checked off two or more of the items above, it is likely that a new air conditioner is needed. The air conditioning services we provide at Home Comfort USA will ease the burden of making such a purchase and ensure the home is quickly back to being a comfortable place to live.

Of course, we will help ensure this is the best decision for our customers, so give us a call today. In the meantime, let’s explore what air conditioning units are on the market today.

What Air Conditioning Unit is the Best?

Needless to say, the type of air conditioning unit needed for a dorm room is different from what’s needed for a four-bedroom home. However, there are many other subtle things to consider when purchasing a new AC unit. Here is a list of important questions and information to gather before making a purchase:

  • Will the current ductwork sync with the new air conditioner?
  • Have there been any technological advancements that make my ductwork obsolete?
  • What is the SEER rating of the air conditioning unit?
  • Does the federal or state government provide tax credits for certain AC units?
  • What are the payment options for the new AC unit?
  • Are there worn contactors?

The experts at Home Comfort USA will help answer all of these questions and more, including the type of AC unit that is best. There are three types of AC units most customers consider purchasing.

Central Air Conditioners

Central air conditioners are the most common air conditioner in a typical suburban home. All customers have to do is head to the thermostat, flip the switch to “cool,” and wait for the magic to happen.

No matter the price, it’s important to watch the top name brands. If it’s bad when to buy off-brand candy that doesn’t satisfy a craving, buying an off-brand AC unit could result in thousands of dollars in the hole. Every brand provides units with various price points.

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Window Unit Air Conditioners

If a customer doesn’t have a central air system, the next best option from the point of energy efficiency and cooling power is windows unit air conditioners. Window units which have been invented in the 1940s have kept American home cools for nearly 75 years. The size of the room needed to keep cool will determine the best unit for the residence.

Portable Air Conditioners

Portable air conditioners have come a long way in their ability to cool relatively large spaces, but they are usually the last option. If the home or apartment does not have a central air system and there are building regulations that disallow window units, a portable air conditioner might be the perfect solution. There are basic considerations to make when purchasing a portable air conditioner like the size of the room needing to be cooled, the accessibility of windows and outlets, the noise level of the air conditioner, and the energy efficiency of the air conditioner.

Need a New Air Conditioner? Home Comfort USA is Ready to Help.

Home Comfort USA covers all air conditioning needs, including air conditioner installation, repair, and maintenance. From determining the need for repairs versus replacement to help choose the best unit, our experts are here to answer all questions. Give us a call today and have a cool and refreshing home in the fastest time possible.

AC Installation Reviews

Robin L.Anaheim, CA
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We recently had a total HVAC system installed (just in time for the summer heat!). We couldn't be happier. Our quote from Allison Quinn was very detailed and she helped us understand every aspect of what we thought would be a very complicated job. We had a very old furnace but no A/C what so ever. Asbestos ducts needed to be removed safely, all new ducts installed, new furnace, A/C condenser and all new electricity lines. Quite a big job! We sought out three bids and felt secure with the company she represented. The price was competitive and Allison was able to arrange a veterans discount and a two year no finance option. Once we decided to go with Home Comfort USA Allison got the ball rolling immediately! We were sitting in a cool condo within two working days. All the gentlemen working on the job were ON TIME!!! (something of a pet peeve for us). Jose Alcaraz and Norman Cardona were clean, courteous, very hard working and patient with all our questions. We look forward to using this company for all our yearly tune- ups.
Connie K.Newport Beach, CA
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My first introduction to Home Comfort USA was through a salesperson at Lowes. Kind of skeptical, but made an appointment and was very pleased by the thorough presentation of Justin and Leon. They checked the attic ducts and discovered asbestos. The next morning, the abatement crew cleared out all the asbestos, and then Douglas and Miguel began to work their magic installing the new furnace and AC system. These young men are really good at what they do. Their workmanship was excellent. Without any hesitation I highly recommend Home Comfort USA. They go above and beyond to make the customer happy.
Bonnie B.La Verne, CA
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Our family has scheduled Home Comfort USA for the last 2 going on 3 years to do our maintenance and our HVAC installation. Just recently Levin came to our home to perform our maintenance and was very informative as to what we could do to have our system perform even more efficiently. He was great - answered all our questions and very professional. We are having insulation, a barrier and air purification system installed. The crew is fantastic and shows us as they go along what they are doing on the job. Rosie was great in helping us get the best finance deal and the process was quickly completed. I do recommend Home Comfort USA. Great people and always does a great job. Bonnie B.
Ana E.West Covina, CA
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We got our new air conditioning system installed by Home Comfort USA and let me tell you it was a Class A experience. The installers, Douglas A, Miguel R and Alberto G were phenomenal. Their attention to detail was extraordinary. They were efficient, knowledgeable and very clean. They were very informative throughout the whole process and there was no mess left behind. The installation went as smooth as it could be. We are very satisfied with our new system. We will recommend them to everyone! Totally happy customers.