5 Things to Consider Before You Replace Your AC Unit
Being without AC during a Texas summer is not a high priority on any Lubbock area homeowner’s list. If your air conditioning system is on the fritz and running below optimum performance, there are several important factors to consider before you replace your AC.
Before considering an AC repair or replacement, a well-informed decision requires careful consideration of the following aspects, as they can significantly impact your comfort, wallet and the environment.
- Energy Efficiency: Before scheduling an AC replacement, consider the energy efficiency of your potential new system. Modern units often come with high Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratios (SEER), which can save you money in the long run. They also contribute less to carbon emissions, thereby minimizing your environmental footprint.
- Size of the Unit: The size of the AC unit is crucial for the highest efficiency. An undersized unit won’t be able to adequately cool your home, while an oversized one will cycle on and off too frequently, causing wear and tear. An Armstrong Plumbing, Air & Electric HVAC Comfort Specialist can help determine the appropriate size AC unit you need based on your home’s specifications.
- Cost: Evaluate the cost of an AC repair versus an AC replacement. If your current AC unit needs frequent repairs and the repair costs are nearing or surpassing half the cost of a new system, it might be more cost-effective to replace it. Include installation costs and potential energy savings in your calculation.
- Age of the Current Unit: The lifespan of an average AC unit is about 10-15 years. If your unit is within this range and is experiencing performance issues, it might be time for a replacement. Also, consider the availability of parts for older units, as they might be hard to find or be much less cost effective over time.
- Type of Refrigerant: Older AC units use R-22 refrigerant, which is being phased out due to its negative impact on the ozone layer. If your current unit uses this, consider replacing it with a unit that uses the more environmentally friendly R-410A refrigerant.
You may have other concerns regarding repairing your AC or having a replacement. Whatever your current needs, Armstrong Plumbing, Air & Electric has the professional staff needed to assist in your decision.