Air Conditioner Conked Out? Use These Replacement Questions

Air Conditioner Conked Out? Use These Replacement Questions

If your air conditioner has recently died on you, you are faced with an important decision: should you do some repairs and hope it’s enough to keep your home cool, or should you consider air-conditioner replacement.  Use these replacement questions to determine which route makes most sense for you in the short- and long-term.

How Old Is My Current A/C?
If your cooling equipment is over a decade old, you should definitely opt for an air-conditioner replacement. Systems that are old are not nearly as efficient as modern systems. Money spent on repairs for a system that old will only keep it running for a short while longer. This money would be better spent on a new air conditioner. The cost of the new unit will eventually be offset by the savings you see each month on your energy bills.

What Is Your A/C’s SEER?
The SEER (seasonal energy efficiency ratio) is the rating assigned to each air conditioner that informs consumers of their energy efficiency.  Higher ratings mean better efficiency, and manufacturers don’t even produce models with a rating lower than 12 anymore. Older systems, however, may be as low as 7 and are energy drainers. You should upgrade to at least a 12 for drastic savings and more warranty protection.

What Size Unit Do I Need?
When picking a new air conditioner, the size is an extremely important decision. Have an HVAC specialist come to your house to perform a load calculation, which will determine the amount of energy needed to properly cool your home. Then they can recommend air conditioners that are ideal for your house.

Many homeowners don’t think the load calculation is a crucial process and will base their decision on the size of their current model. But if it were improperly sized to begin with, you will be stuck with an inefficient air conditioner for years to come.

For more assistance with your immediate air-conditioner replacement needs, contact Roth Heating & Cooling, Plumbing & Electrical at (503) 994-9924. We have proudly served the greater Portland area since 1976.

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