What to Ask When Replacing Your AC
Even though a replacement air conditioner brings the promise of improved comfort and lower energy bills, the process isn’t as simple as it seems. Whether your current air conditioner is too inefficient, no longer functional or just plain old, here are a few questions to ask before you replace your system.
Should I Replace One Unit or Both?
If there’s an issue with just your indoor or outdoor unit, it can be tempting to replace only the unit that’s having the problem and keep the other one. Generally speaking, though, that’s not a great idea. If your indoor and outdoor unit don’t match, they won’t run as well as a matching system would. Moreover, replacing only one unit means you won’t get the full benefits of improved energy efficiency that come with a brand-new system.
As a rule, unless your system is less than two years old, it’s best to replace both units at the same time.
What Size Air Conditioner Do I Need?
Every home’s cooling needs are unique, and even two homes with the same square footage could have substantially different cooling loads. That’s why we recommend starting every installation project with a full load calculation to assess those cooling needs. By taking square footage, layout, insulation and other factors into account, a professional HVAC technician can determine exactly how much cooling power your home requires. We recommend doing this even when replacing an existing system because your old air conditioner may have been improperly sized.
An over-sized air conditioner will cycle on and off frequently, wasting power and causing uncomfortable temperature changes. Things get even worse with an under-sized system, which will endure serious wear and tear as it struggles to cool your home. Avoid those long-term problems by having your replacement system properly sized.
Who Should Replace My Air Conditioner?
Because a new air conditioner represents such a significant investment in your home, you’ll need to go to a dependable, proven HVAC company for your replacement project. For any air conditioning installation project, including a replacement, it’s best to go to a factory authorized dealer. Factory authorization means that the HVAC company knows the manufacturer’s specifications and has demonstrated a high degree of technical proficiency. A factory authorized dealer’s technicians hold NATE certification, the industry’s most highly regarded credential, as proof of their expertise.
At Mike Merritt Heating & Air Conditioning, we’ve been installing and replacing air conditioners throughout the Orange Park, FL, area for many years. Our technicians are some of the best in the business, and we’ve demonstrated our commitment to our customers by earning Carrier factory authorization. If your air conditioner is on its last legs, give us a call to discuss your replacement options.