How did your air conditioner perform last summer? Did it not keep your home as cool as you wanted, were the energy bills higher than usual, or did you have to call for repairs multiple times? If any of these issues happened to you, you might want to consider a replacement before the temperatures start getting too high.
Evaluate Your Current Air Conditioner
First off, how old is your current cooling system? If it’s more than 10 years old, chances are it is below 10 SEER (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio). The higher this number is, the more efficient the unit is (and the more money you will save in energy bills). The average air conditioner today has a SEER of 13 or higher. Check the rating and check last season’s energy bills to assess how efficient you current system really is.
Inspect the Ductwork
If your energy bills were outrageous last year but your air conditioner is still in good condition, your ductwork could be to blame. When air leaks exist within the ductwork, roughly 30 percent of that cooled air will be wasted before ever reaching the vents. Have a professional HVAC technician come to inspect the ducts and evaluate their condition. If the ducts are still in good condition, you can get away with having them sealed instead of replaced.
How many times have you called an HVAC technician to come and repair your unit (other than the recommended annual service)? When repairs occur more than once or twice, parts are more likely to begin breaking on a more frequent basis. This is when you must come to the decision of continuing to constantly pay for repairs or fully replace the system. Oftentimes, a full replacement will be the cheaper option in the long term.
Replacing your air conditioner is a big decision, but it’s one you should make before the warm weather is here to stay for the next six months. When you need your cooling system serviced, repaired, or replaced, contact Airtech of Stamford. To learn more or to schedule an appointment, give us a call at (203) 323-3959.