Is your air conditioner more than ten years old? It may be time for a replacement.
While some air conditioners can last up to 20 years, by the ten year mark replacing them can often be cheaper than repairing them. You'll also have the opportunity to install a more efficient system, saving money on future power bills.
People ask this a lot, but it's not recommended. The indoor and outdoor units are built to work in tandem. A mismatched set won't work correctly.
You'll void the warranty on the outdoor unit, pay extra on installation, create more mechanical problems, and likely end up having to replace the indoor unit anyway. The new outdoor unit won't work nearly as well as it should, and your energy bills may even be just as high as before.
Choosing the wrong system. Shoddy ductwork. Slap-shod installation practices.
All of this can lead to an AC which doesn't do a good job of keeping your home comfortable. Improperly installed ACs also break down faster.
Estimations on the number of improper installations HVAC professionals encounter in the field vary wildly. Some say it's as high as 90%. Others cite a figure of 50%.
Even one is one too many. Make sure you're working with licensed, experienced HVAC pros who have a good track record of outstanding installations.
Poor ductwork means most of the cold escapes long before it ever reaches the rooms you care about. It forces your AC to work even harder. Not a good start for a brand new system.
We also see a lot of poorly installed ductwork in the field. When we replace your AC we'll inspect your ductwork to see if it needs to be fixed or replaced as well.
You don't have to. If your furnace needs to be replaced it can save you a little money, though, since we're already there and on the job.
It doesn't always make sense though. If you replaced your furnace a year ago it's not going to make much sense to put a new one in now. We'll always look over your system and give you an honest assessment of what we think needs to be done.
If we think a repair will give you a lot more time with your current unit, for a lot less, we'll tell you that! We strive to be good stewards of your home's comfort level and your wallet.
You can always trust us to explain what's going on, why it's happening, and what your options are so you can make the final decision.
The cost of an AC replacement depends on the unit you purchase, the size of your home, and a number of other factors. Schedule an estimate to get exact figures on what it will take to bring maximum comfort to your home!