Air Conditioner-Air Conditioning System Replacement
Frequently Asked Questions about Replacing Your Air Conditioning System
Replacing your air conditioner can be a tough decision. So we put together a list of common questions and answers to help you.
Should I repair or replace my broken air conditioner?
This is a decision that all homeowners face at some point. There are several factors that come into play; the age of the unit, the efficiency, and the cost of repairing your unit. The life expectancy of an air conditioner here in Texas is about 10 years. So if you're unit is over 8 years and your facing a costly repair, you probably want to consider upgrading to a new more efficient air conditioner unit.
My air conditioner is too small. Can I just get the next size larger?
An oversized air conditioner doesn't mean cool comfort for you. It means higher first costs, higher electricity bills, and a home that's uncomfortable to be in. Learn more about oversized air conditioners.
How long will R-22 freon be available?
R-22 freon will be in production until 2010. Most manufactures have already made the switch to R410A. What does all this mean to you? Learn more about R22 Freon phase out.
What are the most common reasons homeowner replace their current cooling system?
Energy cost-Today’s high efficiency air conditioners save 60% or more on cooling costs
Current air conditioning system is unreliable-systems breakdown at the worst times. It makes sense to replace while the current system is still operating thus not having to deal with the inconvenience of a rush decision.
Some one suffers from allergies or other breathing problems-We have filters and air treatment products that remove over 99% of airborne dust, pollen, bacteria, and viruses.
My home is just not comfortable-Imagine you being home in the temperature and humidity that you want.
Air Conditioning System is too noisy– Many systems are noisy because of poor installation, wrong unit in home, or poor duct size.
Return on investment– High efficiency air conditioning systems properly installed can provide returns of investment of 20% or more.
Is my air conditioner obsolete?
The largest portion of your electrical bill this year will represent the use of your air conditioner. And if your cooling system is more than 10 years old, you may be spending 50% more than you should. Advances in technology and new government restrictions have made today's air conditioners remarkably more efficient than similar systems of just a decade ago. Like your furnace, your air conditioner is also rated for efficiency. Your S.E.E.R. or Seasonal Energy Efficiency Rating is like your car's gas mileage . The higher the rating the more money you save. Ten years ago the standard rating was between 9 and 10 S.E.E.R. Today's ratings are nearly double that.
What's the most important factor in choosing a new air conditioner?
Proper installation and design are the key to a healthy, comfortable, safe, and energy efficient home. There is no best brand. Every brand has it's good and bad points. It's the company who installs your unit who determines the performance of your system.
What does Consumer Reports say about central air conditioners?
"Looking to install a central cooling system? Start smart by selecting the right contractor. Next, choose an efficient, reliable system. Then plan ahead to keep cooling costs down" ~Consumer Reports July 2003. In fact they don't even rate central air conditioners because the determining factor on operation is the installation.
“I've heard bad things about heat pumps, is it true?
Heat pumps are bad if not properly designed, installed, and maintained. Learn more about heat pumps.
How are air conditioning systems rated? Who does it?
The Air-Conditioning & Refrigeration Institute (ARI) verifies a manufacturers' certified performance ratings through continuous and extensive independent laboratory testing. Participation is voluntary and open to nonmembers of ARI. Would you like to see the ARI ratings for your new air conditioner and coil? Look up ARI Ratings here.