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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 might be cheaper today, a new AC unit 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.
- 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 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 that 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. However, 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 than 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.
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 are window unit air conditioners. Invented in the 1940s, window units 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.