When Should I Replace My AC Unit

A Technician Installs an Air Conditioner.

New air conditioner for house

If your air conditioner is aging or needing to be repaired fairly often, you may want to install a new system. When deciding between a new air conditioner vs old, you’ll have to weigh several factors. If your air conditioner doesn’t seem to be cooling as well as it should, you may want to look into other issues first before replacing the system. 

Make sure your ductwork is working properly and has no leaks. If your ducts are leaking, no matter how good your system is, you’re probably not getting enough air circulated through the house. Have a professional come out to test the ducts for leaks.

You also want to make sure your home is well insulated. If you’re losing energy because of poor insulation, that energy loss will make your air conditioner work harder.

Other issues to consider are your current unit’s age and the cost of repairs. If your system is between about 10 to 15 years old, it’s probably time to replace it, especially if it is running on R22 refrigerant, which is being phased out. The older your air conditioner, the more likely it’s running into more and more problems. If you’re finding yourself spending a lot on major repairs, replacing your AC is usually the best option.

If you are ready to replace your system, and are looking for reliable AC installation in Charlotte, NC, give All Climate Heating and Cooling a call at (704) 837-0929.

If you have a rooftop air conditioner unit and plan to replace your roof, you may want to plan an AC replacement around the same time as the roof installation, to make certain the new roof will support the AC.

What does a new air conditioner cost?

The cost of a new air conditioner will depend on the type and size of air conditioner needed. On their own, before installation and labor costs are figured in, a new central air conditioning unit ranges from $1,200 to $1,800. On average, the total cost to install the unit runs about $4,600. How much ductwork needs to be installed will affect the cost of the installation, along with the type and size.

Will a new AC unit save me money?

Installing a new AC unit can save you money. If you are spending a significant amount of money on repairs to your old system, along with paying higher energy bills, you will save money in the long run on a new AC system. One big advantage new air conditioners have over older ones is increased energy efficiency. New air conditioner efficiency is extraordinary, and it improves yearly. All new units have to have a SEER rating of at least 13. The SEER rating, or Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio, measures how much energy energy the unit uses, and the higher the rating, the more efficient the air conditioner will be. Most air conditioners manufactured before 2005 will have SEER ratings below 13. With a new system that has a rating of 13 or higher, energy consumption is reduced by 25% or more.

What is the best AC unit?

There are dozens of air conditioner brands on the market today, and you may wonder, What new air conditioner brand is right for me? Quality will vary by brand, but even top-rated brands produce different quality air conditioners, depending on how much you want to spend. Some models of a particular brand will be more budget friendly than other models. Most new air conditioners are designed to last anywhere between about 12 to 15 years, as long as they are properly installed and well-maintained. Some of the best air conditioners will have warranties that back up their price. Parts warranties for some of the best brands average 10-plus years.

Here are 10 of the leading AC brands:

  • American Standard: American Standard are some of the highest rated for energy efficiency and warranty, and are noted for needing fewer repairs than other brands.
  • Carrier: Carrier air conditioners are also highly rated for energy efficiency and warranty, and notable for a wide range of models to choose from
  • Goodman: Although lower cost than some other brands, they are noted for their reliability, as well as energy efficiency and warranty.
  • Trane: Some of the higher-priced air conditioners on the market, they are also some of the most reliable. The manufacturer is known for upholding its warranties.
  • Rheem: Another highly regarded air conditioner brand, especially their central air conditioning units. They are regarded for their high energy efficiency.
  • Lennox: Regarded for high energy efficiency. Some models get SEER levels of 23.5.
  • York: These units are also low-cost, but valued for their warranty. Energy efficiency is a little lower than other brands.
  • Ruud: This brand is particularly valued because its parts are available throughout the U.S., and are noted for being long lasting.
  • Amana: They offer some of the best warranties, including a Limited Lifetime Replacement warranty on the compressor that is good for the air conditioner’s expected operating life.
  • Heil: These systems are noteworthy for their energy efficiency. Products achieve up to 97% efficiency, and SEER rating of 19.

Can I replace my AC unit myself?

Even if you have the technical know-how, it’s generally best to allow an air conditioner installation professional like those at All Climate Heating and Cooling install your system. Besides the complexities involved with the amount of electrical work, and making certain the unit is the right size for your home, professionals can ensure on installation that the unit works at peak efficiency, and can properly balance the ductwork to fit with the new unit. They can also install a smart thermostat that fits perfectly with the new unit. Also, professionals will be able to dispose of the old unit properly. 

An Outdoor Air Conditioning Unit

Can you replace just the outside AC unit

While you could replace just the outside unit, it’s usually best to replace both the indoor unit and outdoor unit at the same time. The indoor unit is probably the same age as the outdoor unit, and has been subject to a similar amount of wear and tear. Replacing both units simultaneously ensures they’ll work together better.

For all of your air conditioner service needs in Charlotte, NC, make sure to rely on the team at All Climate Heating and Cooling. Call us at anytime at (704) 837-0929