Repair vs. Replace? That Is the Question!
Among the most popular question asked to our crew is whether a customer should continue with repairs and maintenance for their system or purchase a replacement. The reality is, if you replace your system, you still need to routinely maintain and keep up with repairs. Generally, an air conditioning can work for well over a decade with proper maintenance. This is why it is essential to keep up with long after installation. You want to prevent needing a new ac replacement before its time. Replacing your air conditioner could likely be one of the largest investments you’ll make as a property owner. Because of this, you’ll want to make certain you are doing everything you can to extend the life of the unit. Depending the age of the ac, the kind of refrigerant used, and it’s energy effective rating, there are a great deal of variables to think about.
When Is It Time To Replace Your Central Air Conditioner?
With adequate maintenance, an ac system will normally last about fifteen years. After that, the unit will wind up being less effective, both because of wear and tear and because the technology becomes outdated. Some systems start with a shorter life-span, closer to ten years. If the system is used heavily on a daily basis, or is not the appropriate size for your home or business or was installed incorrectly, that too, can cause the need for ac replacement. Another thing to consider is repair and maintenance. If your system has not had standard service or has been repaired continuously, that can shorten the working years down closer to five. Ultimately when it is time for ac replacement will be different for every situation and heavily depend on how well the unit was maintained over the years.
Available Air Conditioning Options
- Split system and bundle ACs are your standard central air conditioners.
- Ductless mini-splits are best for cooling houses without ductwork.
- Portable, window, and wall units are created to cool one room in your home.
- Evaporative coolers, also referred to as swamp coolers, eliminate heat using evaporation and work most successfully in dry climates.
When you’ve decided on an unit, we’re here and ready to help you install it! If your home requires new ductwork to accommodate your new air conditioning system, North Star Heating & Air Conditioning can do that too! We’ll install your new ac, make certain your ductwork is effectively providing cooled air, and ensure the entire system is up to your standards. And last but not least, we can come back to your home for routine maintenance to keep your system running like new for years to come.
Tax Credits and Rebates For Your HVAC System
Lots of people do not know this, but, the local power companies and the federal government have rewards that help improve the quality of your air conditioning system. There is a $1,500 Federal tax credit for an ac replacement. Find out more about other tax credits and refunds available in your area.
The Benefits of an Energy Efficient Rated Air Conditioner
At North Star Heating & Air Conditioning we offer many energy efficient options and suggestions that will save you energy costs, even on humid days in North America. When you compare our excellent financing programs and the probability of yearly savings, a brand-new energy-efficient cooling system might be more affordable than you think.
Regardless of which type of AC you choose, you should still consider its energy efficiency, and here’s why:
- Energy savings: An AC is usually responsible for over 50% of summer energy bills An upgrade to a more energy efficient model will lower your cooling bills by as much as 30%!
- A more comfortable home: Not only will an energy efficient unit cut your energy bills, it will also keep your home more comfortable. Did you know that energy-saving features such as a variable-speed blower motor or scroll compressors that are more efficient also work to cool the area off quicker? This will give you far more comfort on those hot summer days.
- Being environmentally friendly: Lowering energy consumption is not only good for your budget, but it also helps keep the environment clean by reducing emissions.
New air conditioners are needed to have a Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER) score of 13 or higher. Your out-of-date system could be substantially less efficient than this, implying great cost savings await you as soon as you replace it. New designs likewise have R-410A refrigerant, a more environmentally-friendly option to R-22 refrigerant or “Freon.”.
New AC Installation
Fall is the best time to consider an ac replacement. It is also the best time to purchase one. Spring and fall have the mildest temperatures, therefore, the demand for air conditioning units is lower. This is especially true in the months of September thru November when there is a higher need for heat use. It is a great time for ac replacement because, without extraordinary temperatures, it is easier to schedule your installation.
AC replacement is not a do-it-yourself job. Attempting to install an a/c system on your own can wind up costing you way more than it might have saved you. Have your air conditioning installation done by a licensed professional.
We’re happy to answer all of your questions and offer a free quote when replacing your existing system.