There isn’t much that impacts our comfort in our homes more than our HVAC systems. Not only are most of us reliant upon then for the comfort and air quality in our homes, but they can also be incredibly expensive to repair. Sometimes, knowing when to replace AC unit is the right call.
The age of your system is a big one to consider. You want to get the best possible return on the investment you made in your air conditioner. Pushing your system far beyond its projected lifespan, however, will likely result in a breakdown when you need it most. It’s better to replace the system before this happens, allowing it to go out on a high note.
Older Homes Or Older Systems Usually Need Upgrading
If your home’s heating and cooling system is more than 10 years old, it is worth considering replacement. Modern models and systems are far more energy-efficient than older models, and are far superior to outdated technology when it comes to size, performance, and power usage. Upgrading your home’s HVAC system can mean increased saving on your utilities bill over time too.
If you have recently purchased an older home, and are unsure as to the condition of the current HVAC unit, you may consider replacing it. If a residential HVAC unit has not been maintained properly, several things suffer, including indoor air quality, among other things.
The efficiency of your system is another major point of consideration. You don’t want to overpay to cool your home, after all. If you invested in a lower efficiency system to save some money at the time, or if your older system pales in comparison to the efficiency standards of today, then investing in a more efficient system today is a great way to save money in the years to come.
You Have Observed Warm Or Cool Spots In Your Home.
Perhaps one room or corner in your home is always hot, no matter what the thermostat reads, or maybe you walk down the hallway and feel a chill. Either way, inconsistent temperatures in your home means that your HVAC unit is not working as well as it should be. It could need servicing, or, that question of “when to replace AC unit” may come up again. You can be sure by having one of our experienced technicians inspect your system, and then you can decide which course of action to take based on those findings.
You Might Need a More Powerful Unit After an Addition.
It does not matter if you are adding a game room, or a master suite to your home, as any addition increases the square footage of your home, and the volume of air that your HVAC system must process. It is likely after an addition to your home that you may need to upgrade your HVAC unit to one with a larger load capacity. A larger unit will not have to work as hard as a smaller one to heat or cool the same space. If you have changed the layout of your home, it’s still wise to have your system inspected, and a new load calculated for the new layout of your home.
4 factors to keep in mind
1. Unit Location
Keep in mind where your air conditioner unit is going to be installed. This may affect what type you will end up getting once you also consider factors like size and noise. When choosing a new site for your air conditioning unit, pick a location that’s fairly debris-free where there isn’t much decoration. Measure the spot to guarantee your unit will have plenty of room. Once it’s installed, be sure to check the area around it periodically for any debris restricting its air flow. On the inside of your home, check the vents to see that they are not covered by furniture or other objects from the home.
While maybe not the most important factor of all, noise does play a role in the comfort of your home. Maybe your current air conditioner is both close to your bedroom and loud, waking and keeping you up at night. Or the noise is disrupting to your neighbors, souring your relationship with them. When looking into getting a new A/C system, more expensive dual-stage units with higher efficiency tend to run quieter (as much as 13 times quieter) than cheaper single-stage systems, which may make the extra money worth the investment. The upside is these systems often end up paying for themselves by reducing utility costs.
3. Your Budget
You might be tempted to buy the cheapest of the cheap. We can’t blame you; everyone wants to find shortcuts to save a few extra dollars. However, this is not a system that is going to be used up by the end of the month or year. This is an investment that will be serving your home for next couple of decades. A more efficient model might be more expensive, but it will pay you back in time with a lower utility bill. That’s money back into your pocket! You can check its energy efficiency by looking at its SEER rating. The higher that it is rated for, the more efficient the unit is.
4. Quality of Installation
Regrettably, many air conditioners are not installed correctly. This can result in your modern, high-efficiency air conditioner working as poorly as an older, ineffective model, meaning you are using just as much energy, if not more, and your bills go up. Oftentimes, a lack of experience and knowledge is at fault for an improper installation. When it comes to knowing when to replace AC unit, an amateur or unlicensed contractor is not who you want installing a new AC system.
Finally, keep your overall satisfaction at the top of your priority list.
Maybe you inherited a system that you would not have chosen yourself with your home. Maybe you want to try eliminating air ducts from your AC setup. Whatever the case, we’ll help you to find a great new system.
Installation of your new system is also a seamless and efficient process. As always, our installers treat your homes and businesses with the utmost care and respect. The Clarke & Rush team sets out to protect the working areas in your home and keep the sensitivities of children and pets in mind. When you welcome us into your home, we accept a serious responsibility. From our first conversation to the day you set the temperature on your thermostat, you can depend on us to deliver complete satisfaction.