When is it time to replace?
Certain tell tale signs indicate it’s time to consider replacing heating and air conditioning equipment, or improving the performance of your overall system. It may be time to call AirOne to help you make a change if:
1) Your heat pump or air conditioner is more than 12 years old.
The average air conditioning or heat pump system has an operational service life of 10 to 15 years. As air conditioning system energy effeciency levels continue to increase it may be worth thinking about system replacement around the 12 year point to save on energy costs. We have seen systems operate at extremely low energy effeciency levels (and at extremely high utility expense levels) for as long as 30 years.
Installed correctly, these high-efficiency units can save up to 20 percent on heating and cooling costs. Calculating energy savings is easy using our energy calculator.
Add together the cost of any current repairs, any anticipated repairs costs and any expected energy savings over the next three or four years. Comparing this amount with to cost of a new system should help justify any decision you make. Don’t forget to factor in the new system warranty coverage.
2) Your equipment needs frequent repairs and your energy bills are going up.
Your cooling or heating equipment my have become less efficient. You’ll need to weigh:
- The cost of repairing the existing AC sytem.
- The potential costs and possibility of future AC repairs.
- The energy savings of new AC equipment.
- The lower repair costs of AC new equipment.
- The added comfort of a new AC system.
- The expense of installing a new AC system
Here are some other questions that should be addressed when considering whether to repair or replace an air conditioning and heating system,
1) Some rooms in your home are too hot or too cold.
Improper equipment operation, duct problems or inadequate insulation could be the cause. Have these problems addressed when installing a new system.
2) No one is home for long periods of the day and you do not have a programmable thermostat.
Install a programmable thermostat or have a good contractor install one and instruct you on its use — to start saving energy and money while you are away or sleeping a programable thermostats really do work — but only if you actually use the programing function.
3) Your home has humidity problems.
Poor equipment operation, inadequate equipment, and leaky ductwork can cause the air to be too dry in the winter or too humid in the summer. AirOne will perform a manuel J load calculation on your have and have specific recomendations about how to reduce indoor humidity levels. New features available today can help better control indoor humidity problems.
4) Your home has excessive dust.
Leaky ducts can pull particles and air from attics, crawl spaces and basements and distribute them throughout your house. Sealing your ducts may be a solution. Any duct problems should be addressed when replacing a heating or cooling system.
5) Your heating or cooling system is noisy.
You could have an undersized duct system or a problem with the indoor coil of your cooling equipment. Equipment manufacturers are constantly lowering outdoor condenser noise levels.