Summertime is the season for family get-togethers, barbecues, and fun. The last thing you need to interrupt your plans is to have your air conditioner to break down. But how do you know if your Charlotte AC unit just needs a repair or if it needs to be replaced? Here are some guidelines to help you to determine which option is best for you.
Service Life of HVAC Systems
Air conditioning systems have an average service life of 10-15 years. When your unit reaches ten years of age, it loses efficiency and may be overworking to keep your home cool, which not only puts a strain on your system, but also increases your utility bills. Replacing an old unit will not only improve your home comfort, but a new high-efficiency HVAC system will save up to 20 percent on heating and cooling costs.
How Efficient is your Current AC unit?
If your air conditioning system has had frequent repairs, your home has humidity problems, has excessive dust, or the system is noisy, it may be time to consider a replacement. Also, look at the SEER rating of your current system. The Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER) measures air conditioning and heat pump cooling efficiency. The higher the number rating, the more efficient the system is. If your unit’s SEER rating is under 13, it is time to discuss an upgrade to a more efficient system that will provide healthier, more comfortable cooling.
Frequency of AC Repairs
You system may just need a minor repair to get it back to good shape. However, if the repairs will cost more than a third of a replacement, you should probably replace the unit. If you have also had frequent repairs on your unit, this can add up as well, in addition to increased utility bills, because your system is consuming more energy to keep your home cool. Patterson Heating and Air Conditioning serves Charlotte and the surrounding areas with certified and trained specialists who can provide you with valuable information about the condition of your AC unit so you can make an informed decision on what is the best solution for you.
New high-efficiency air conditioning units reduce energy bills, improve comfort and help to protect the environment. Almost half of the energy consumed in your home goes to heating and cooling. Making smart decisions about replacing your current HVAC system can also improve your indoor air quality and the overall comfort in your home.
Replacing your cooling system is a big decision. Patterson Heating and Air can help analyze your current air conditioning unit and provide straightforward, trustworthy guidance on the options available for you. Whether your Charlotte AC system needs a repair or a new AC installation, Patterson Heating and Air Conditioning will get the job done.
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(Repair vs. Replacement, Airserv)
(10 Things You Should Know Before Replacing Your Central AC System, emerson, Nov. 12, 2012)