What to Consider When Replacing Your Air Conditioner

Some Tips from Our HVAC Installers

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With the weather warming up, our Exton air conditioning company has been getting more and more calls for air conditioner replacements. While we’re dedicated to customer satisfaction and have been trusted for years, there are a few things you might want to consider before replacing your air conditioner:

Not All Contractors Are Equal

Homeowners rely on the knowledge and experience of their HVAC contractor, which means they can sometimes be taken advantage of. In order to avoid this, do some background research to see if other homeowners were satisfied with their work and price. Also make sure the contractor has been in business at least a few years and that they’re licensed.

Bigger Isn’t Always Better

Just because a new air conditioner is bigger than your old one doesn’t mean that it’s going to be a better option. Today’s air conditioners can fit a surprising amount of energy into a small package, so be wary if your contractor immediately suggests a bigger, more expensive unit. In addition, larger units cost more to run and will put more wear on your equipment than a smaller, more efficient unit.

Don’t Make the Lowest Price Your First Choice

First of all, you should get estimates from several HVAC contractors before you decide on one to use. Second of all, don’t always jump to choose the lowest offer. It may come from a contractor who doesn’t offer a good warranty or who hasn’t considered the size of your home’s ducts before suggesting an air conditioner. Get all of the details before you decide.

Always Consider SEER

SEER (or Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio) ratings will tell you how efficient an air conditioner is; the higher the SEER number, the better (and less costly) the air conditioner. Before you decide on a replacement one, make sure it has a SEER rating that fits your lifestyle. (For example, if you’re only planning on being in your home a few more years, a middle rating will do just fine. If you plan on being in your home for a long time, consider a higher rating.)

Is a Replacement Necessary?

Before you set your mind on a full air conditioner replacement, have your contractor take a look at it and see if your problem can be repaired. (For more information, read our When to Repair Your HVAC System and When to Replace It.) If it can, you may save a significant amount of money by paying to repair fee rather than for a new system.

If you’re in the market for a new air conditioner, give our Exton air conditioning specialists a call today at 1-610-701-9020!

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