Purchasing a new air conditioner can be an exhausting period for practically any homeowner. Although you may not be an expert on HVAC (heating, ventilation & air conditioning), this article is designed to show you the correct steps to take when considering a new air conditioner for your home. Here at Gator Air & Energy, we pride ourselves on providing our clients with truthful, smart, and accurate help when choosing a new AC unit.
Do You Really Need a New AC Unit?
Replacing your current unit can be expensive, and even sometimes unnecessary situation for many people. Often, we find that a unit still has plenty life left. As far as AC units go, the average life expectancy is between 10-15 years. If your unit is between 10-15 years old and begins to act up this might be a good time to explore diving into purchasing a new unit.
Just like a car, motorcycle, and even that boat you love to take out on the weekends, your AC unit can more than likely be repaired despite its age. However, at some point, you can run into the problem of constant repairs, which will eventually begin to waste your money on nonstop expenses.
Calculate the Age
A great tip to think about when deciding if it’s time for a new unit is if the cost of repair, multiplied by the age of your unit, is more than the cost of a new unit.
(Cost of Repair) X (Age of Old AC Unit in Years) > (Cost of Your New AC)
Cost of repair: $450.00
Age of Unit: 15 years
Price of new unit: $5,450.00 (with installation)
($450.00) X (15) = $6,750.00
$6,750.00 > $5,450.00 = Time for a new AC unit.
Keep in mind that every situation is different and things could differ from one another.
To talk to an expert, and find out if it’s time for a new AC unit, give us a call to speak with one of our highly qualified professionals.
Consider the Size of Your Home
Another great tip to think about before you buy a new unit is the size of your home. Did you know that having an AC unit too big for your home can cause your cooling system problems? The size of your house plays a vital role and having the wrong sized unit can lead to many problems for your AC unit including increased initial cost, higher monthly utility bills, unwanted service and maintenance charges, and may even take time off the life of your unit.
Calculate The Load of Your Home
A great key to finding out which unit you need is knowing the load of your home. Calculating the load of a home involves a professional and thorough inspection of one’s household. The findings will determine exactly how much cooling a home will truly need each and every hour as well as break down every room’s cooling needs.
Load Calculations take in multiple variables including:
- Climate and location
- Ceiling height
- Type / Number of windows
- How many people live in the home
- Insulation in the home
As part of our energy-efficient AC services, we will perform a complete home evaluation before our service, which include home load calculation.
At Gator Air & Energy our professional employees we will make sure your house has the exact an appropriate AC unit in your home. Contact us today!
Consider the Air Conditioner Warranty
Having a good warranty is an essential key when choosing a new air conditioner. Having a good warranty shows that a company is willing to back its product which is a reassurance for you and your home.
Some key points to know about your warranty would be:
- Warranty Terms
- Warranty on Parts
- Extended Warranty
- Installation Warranty
At Gator Air & Energy we Specialize and are certified in Trane products. Trane is one of the leaders in HVAC companies and offers great warranty packages. To find out more about Trane warranty and all of our products give us a call.
Let Gator Air & Energy Help You Find the Right Air Conditioner
Are you ready for a new AC unit or tired of your AC not running how you want it to? If you’re in the North Central Florida area and think you might need a new unit, give us a call at Gator Air & Energy. Our professional technicians can help you find an awesome fit for exactly what your home needs to have it running perfectly.