Clearwater Air Conditioning Installation – Tell-Tale Signs You Need to Replace Your Central Air Conditioner
I get this question pretty frequently, and I’ve had enough time to figure out the right answer. I’d like to share it with you in this article. When do you say “Uncle” and spring for a new central air conditioner? Is air conditioning installation so expensive that you shouldn’t take the leap? What makes it worthwhile?
Let’s dive in.
First, consider the age of your existing system. If it’s over ten years old, give some real thought to at least pricing out a new one. Knowing your options, and what advantages they come with, arms you for the future. You don’t want to start looking into this when your old central air conditioner has already died. Age is (arguably) the most critical factor in deciding to replace a system – especially because most other factors can be tied to how old the system is, anyway.
No matter the age of your unit, you should also take into account the energy efficiency rating of your current central air conditioner. Energy efficiency isn’t just a marketing buzzword, and that SEER number on the Energy Star sticker isn’t just for show. Here in the Clearwater area, a higher efficiency system can spell substantial annual savings on energy bills.
Many high-efficiency installations can pay for themselves in savings in as little as ten years. With the government offering rebates and tax incentives on high-efficiency systems, that payback period could be even shorter.
Look at how often you’ve needed repairs on your system, as well. Has it had a refrigerant leak or a bad capacitor? Has your fan motor blown? If your current system is starting to feel like a car that’s been on the road too long, you should consider a new air conditioning installation. In particular, HVAC technicians will often advise you to replace a unit that’s experienced a refrigerant leak and uses R-22 (Freon) as a coolant.
This is because R-22 is being phased out completely and will cease production in 2020. A low-end but fully functioning brand new unit can often be had for about the cost of a compressor (which can be over $2000), leak repair and refrigerant charge on an existing R-22 system.
Still, your decision should always be made after an evaluation by a trusted Clearwater professional is performed on your home. Some technicians adopt an “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” approach, and there’s nothing wrong with that. If your energy bills are low and your central air conditioner is doing its job well, you’re in fine shape. The trick is to make sure you’re always prepared and never caught off guard.
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