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5 Important Questions To Ask Before You Buy A New Air Conditioner

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Make Sure You’re Making The Right AC Replacement Choice By Asking The Right Questions First

When it comes time to replace your air conditioner, there are a few key questions you need to ask yourself before making a decision. What are your needs? How much can you afford to spend? What size unit do you need? These are just a few of the questions you should be asking yourself before investing in a new AC unit. By taking the time to answer these questions, you can be sure that you're making the best decision for your home and your budget. So what are you waiting for? Start asking questions and begin shopping for a new AC unit today!

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The Age Question

One of the most important factors in deciding whether it’s time to replace your air conditioner is the age question. How old is your air conditioner and how long do you expect it to last before it needs to be replaced?

The average AC unit lasts between 10 and 15 years. AC units that are properly maintained can last up to 20 years. However, if your AC unit is not properly maintained, it may only last 5-10 years. If your AC unit is on the older side, it may be time to start thinking about AC replacement. 

The Condition Question

What kind of shape is your current air conditioner in? As the weather heats up, your AC unit will be working overtime to keep your home cool and comfortable. If it’s not in peak condition and struggling to keep your family cool, ask yourself this: Does it need frequent or extensive repairs or would a tune-up solve its performance problems? 

Sometimes a well-timed spring AC service can breathe new life into your air conditioner. But if it needs costly repairs, you might find it's cheaper to replace an aging unit than to repair it.

The Power Question

Have your energy bills increased in recent months even though you haven't changed your lifestyle or the way you use electricity? Unexplained increases in your power bills are a hallmark of an AC system that’s struggling. This is because your air conditioner accounts for about 60% of the energy you use in your home. 

If your power bills are creeping up, even though you're diligent with your AC maintenance, your unit may need to be replaced. While this does require an investment, a new AC unit will pay for itself in no time thanks to the significant decrease in your monthly energy bill. New air conditioner models are much more efficient than models made even 10 years ago, meaning you’ll use less electricity to cool your home.

The Comfort Question

Much as newer AC units have better efficiency ratings, they can also feature new technologies that can provide even better cooling comfort to your home. If you’re thinking of replacing your air conditioner this summer, consider some of the new features that can give you greater comfort.

  • HVAC Zoning - Zoned systems make it possible for you to maintain different temperatures in different areas of your house, giving you customized comfort and better energy efficiency.
  • Hybrid Systems - Hybrid systems use both a heat pump and a furnace to provide not just cooling, but heating as well. They are remarkably efficient and can keep your home comfortable, no matter the temperature outside.
  • Programmable Thermostats - When you replace your AC you should also replace your thermostat, and a programmable thermostat is an excellent option for both energy efficiency and enhanced comfort.

The Money Question

While the age question is the first question you should ask when considering an AC replacement, the money question is arguably the most important. Air conditioners are an investment in your comfort, but even the most affordable option is still a pretty big investment. Depending on the system you choose, you could spend anywhere from $3,000 to $12,000 - so it’s vitally important that you choose a budget you’re comfortable with and make sure your HVAC technician is aware of your budget while making air conditioning recommendations. 

You’ll also want to get multiple quotes to ensure you’re getting the best value for your money. Learn about your financing options and whether there are any manufacturer rebates, installations specials or tax incentive programs that you can take advantage of to bring your overall installation costs down.

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So, how do you know when it’s time for an air conditioning replacement? While there isn’t a definitive answer to that question since everyone’s needs are different, we can provide some general guidelines. 

If your air conditioner is more than 10 years old, it may be time for a new one. Additionally, if your energy bills have been creeping up and you haven’t changed anything about your lifestyle or the way you use electricity, your AC unit may need to be replaced. Another sign that it might be time for a new AC system is if your current unit is in bad shape and needs extensive repairs. Finally, think about what you’re currently spending on maintenance and repair, and whether or not replacing your air conditioner can save you money in the long run.

If all answers point toward “it’s time to install a new AC system,” Jerry Kelly can help. We’ve served St. Louis area homeowners with expert AC installation and repair services since 1977 and we can help you find the perfect new air conditioner to cool your home. Call 636.757.8506 or contact us online to learn more today!

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