Should You Repair It or Replace It?
Repair It or Replace It?
How Will I Know When I Should “Repair It or Replace It?”
We have all faced these question at some point in our busy lives.
- How long does a heater and air conditioner last?
- What is the reasonable, useful life expectancy?
- Why replace it if it still runs, heats and cools?
- What regulations are going into place that will make it difficult to repair it again in the future if I just fix it now?
Answers to these questions may vary for each of us, so here are some guidelines that will help. Remember, you can always call Air Conditioning Services and we will be happy to assist you.
- Is your current system broken?
- Can it be fixed?
- What is the cost of repair?
- What is the life expectancy of the equipment?
- Does it make sense to consider replacement?
It may be time to replace your existing air conditioning system if it’s operational and:
- You are using more energy than in past few years.
- Your unit runs all the time and can’t keep the home comfortable.
- Your current air conditioner is more than 12 years old.
- Your heater is 25-20 years old.
- Your equipment needs expensive repairs every year.
- Your air conditioner is noisy.
- Some rooms in your home are too warm or too cold.
- Your home seems humid, which is caused by poor system operation or leakage of the air duct system.
- Your home gets dusty when you operate your air conditioner, which could also mean a problem with the air duct system and/or air filtration system.
How do I know what energy efficiency rating (SEER) is best for me?
Typically, the more energy-efficient a system is, the higher its initial cost. How quickly that cost can be recovered depends on many factors such as:
- The size of your home
- How much you use your system
- How long you plan to live in the home
And Energy Efficient Upgrades such as:
- Insulation (attic and wall)
- Windows (single to double pane)
- Design of your home
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On your existing heating and air conditioning system.
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Choosing the Right Central heating and cooling unit is essential that’s why our Air Conditioning Services Representative is here to help!
There are many options for new central heating and air units. When the summer’s heat and winter’s cold is at its peak you will want a central heating air unit that will not only perform but will perform efficiently and reliably. Our certified ACS Representative will help you choose the best system for your home and your family needs. Here are a few quick tips to help you select the right model, size and energy-efficiency level.
Air Conditioner’s Size and Efficiency
Size – The heating and cooling capacity of a central air conditioning system is measured by BTUH (British Thermal Units Per Hour). It is also measured by the term “tons” or “tonnage”. One “ton” of cooling capacity is approximately 12,000 BTUH. Example a 2 “ton” central air conditioning is 24,000 BTUH or a 3 “ton” central air conditioning is 36,000 BTUH.
Efficiency – This is the manner in which a central air is rated based on energy usage. The level of cooling delivered per watt of electricity used. A central air is rated using “SEER”, for Seasonal Energy Efficiency Rating. Currently the lowest efficiency allowed is a 13 SEER. Midrange options are available at 14 SEER. And High efficiency units are 14.5 SEER and up.
Make sure your central air is properly sized
Having an air conditioner of the right size for your home is essential for achieving optimal efficiency and prolonging your unit’s lifespan. Your new air conditioner should be properly sized based on the insulation, number of windows, direction that each window faces, air leaks, ductwork size, and shading from the exterior of the home and a number of other factors that we will discuss with you.
If a unit is oversized, it will draw more energy than necessary to cool your home. If a unit is undersized, it will not be able to cool your home effectively. In either situation, it is wasting energy, costing you money, and possibly damaging the internal parts of your AC system.
How to save money when purchasing a new air conditioner?
First, check with your local energy company to see if rebates are available and how much they are. This can vary greatly depending on the efficiency, generally the higher the efficiency the more money you will receive. Second most energy companies will offer a savings calculator to see what you can save on energy based on the SEER rating.
Check for tax credits and government programs that you may qualify for. Again the higher the efficiency the more money you may receive.
An ACS Representative will discuss with you manufactures rebates available at the time of your purchase.
Your ACS Representative will discuss your desire for a Zoned System.
Here are six common sense rules we teach our people that will make designing systems a breeze. When considering a zoned system you should follow these guidelines as much as possible when grouping rooms together to form a zone:
1) Don’t consider combining different floors on the same zone. This is for the common sense reasons we are all aware of. Hot air rises and cold air sinks. It will be difficult to control the environment of one or the other if two or more floors are on the same zone.
2) Never zone rooms of different construction types in the same zone. As an example, a new addition should always have its own thermostat since it typically has better insulation than the rest of the home, and it will react differently than older sections of the home.
3) Never zone rooms that have perimeter wall areas with rooms that are entirely internal to the structure. Since they are not affected by the outside temperature changes. All internal rooms should be grouped together whenever possible.
4) All thermostats should be located in the room used the most in any area.
5) Never put rooms with conflicting solar or mechanically generated heat loads on the same zone. For example don’t put an east facing room that receives a heavy morning sun load onto the same zone as a western facing room.
6) Always try to have a minimum of two registers for any one zone. This keeps the air flow more stable.
Of course we may not be able to accommodate all of these rules but this gives you some food for thought. Your ACS Representative will help you make the final decisions on your zoning needs.
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