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Time to Replace Home Air Conditioner? Here’s What You Need to Know

Time to Replace Home Air ConditionerAre you finding your air conditioner requires more frequent repair and maintenance? If you’re spending money just to keep the unit going and give you the level of comfort that you are used to, it may be time to replace home air conditioner.

An old system will draw more electricity and cost substantially more to run than a new one. There comes a time in the life of any air conditioner when repair does not warrant the expense. When that day arrives, it’s time to say goodbye to the old and say hello to the new.

But wait. Instead of rushing out to buy a new system, call on a reputable air conditioning company for some insight. We have all the expertise to assess your current system and advise you on the best solution for your home.

Assessing Your Present Air Conditioner

Even if you have been sticking to a schedule of regular maintenance, if an air conditioner is more than 10 years old, it could be using way more electricity than a newer system would. Our professional air conditioning experts can do an assessment of your current system to calculate the maintenance and operating costs.

Inspecting the Entire HVAC System

The HVAC unit is only one part of the solution that keeps you cool on hot days. Apart from running the numbers, we will inspect your entire installation. Installing a new air conditioner that runs at maximum efficiency won’t do you any good if the cooled air is escaping before it gets inside to your living areas.

Enter the duct leakage test. This involves sealing the vents and measuring any leakage. With this test you will be able to assess what seals and insulation are leaking precious air and may need to be replaced.

Checking Home Insulation

The insulation of your home may need to be upgraded. If it is poorly insulated, it will place a heavier load on the air conditioning equipment. Once that’s fixed, you actually may be able to install a smaller HVAC system if windows, doors, walls and ceilings are properly insulated. A smaller system means a lower capital outlay and lower running costs.

It is worth the effort and expense to ensure that your home is adequately sealed. This will lower the demand on your air conditioner.

Sizing Your New System Correctly

Bigger is not always better. It’s necessary to calculate the load required to cool your home efficiently based on the size of your home. With a room-by-room analysis of the amount of cool air you need, you’ll be able to accurately determine the size of the system you should install.

It is vital that sizing is done accurately. An undersized system will not cool the house effectively. An oversized system will not only cost you more, it will operate inefficiently. A system that is too large will have shorter on/off cycles. This will cause faster component wear and increased energy usage.

If you think it’s time to replace your air conditioner, contact Point Bay Fuel, a local family-owned company who will provide exceptional and quality service. We will ensure that your new system is designed correctly ready for your home or business needs.