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Why Replace My Air Conditioner?

Monday, September 18th, 2017 at 11:00 am

man-with-fanIt may be September, but that doesn’t mean that we’re past the need for quality air conditioning in Reedley, CA. The nights may be cooling off a bit, but we’re still looking at plenty of days with temperatures creeping up toward the 90’s for the foreseeable future. If you think that it may be time for an air conditioning replacement, but you are planning on just riding out the rest of the cooling season, you may want to reconsider.

There are many reasons to replace an air conditioner, and “well, it finally broke down completely” should not be the one that you are waiting for. Replacing air conditioner prior to a complete breakdown is definitely for the better. We realize that you are not going to want to waste your money replacing an air conditioner too prematurely, of course, which is why we have a few tips to help you make this important decision confidently. Let us know if you have any questions. 

Major Factors to Consider

Okay, so waiting for an air conditioner to break down entirely before replacing it is not advisable — but why? Well, your air conditioner is most likely to break down when it is running hard, right? That means that a breakdown can potentially leave you without cooling precisely when you need it the most. Plus, scheduling service prior to a complete breakdown means that a problem causing the need for replacement can be resolved before it gets to that point, potentially sparing you the expense of needing a whole new system. In certain cases, though, repairs really aren’t the best option to begin. Here are some criteria to consider.

  • System AgeAccording to the U. S. Department of Energy, the “lifespan” of a central air conditioning system is about 15 – 20 years. Now, this does not mean that your air conditioner is definitely going to need to be replaced if it’s 17 years old and requires a repair service. What it does mean, however, is that you should really consider whether or not extending the system’s life is worth the cost of the repair. With a system of this age, the gains may not be worth the cost of repairs, and a replacement may be a better option.
  • Energy Efficiency – If your air conditioner is in that age range, another factor to consider is its energy efficiency. Even if your air conditioner can be repaired, its efficiency level compared to those of newer systems may lead you to a replacement. Yes, there is an initial investment to consider, but the long-term energy savings you’ll enjoy with a new system — especially one with an ENERGY STAR or EnergyGuide label — can help to offset that initial cost over time.
  • Overall Satisfaction – Here’s a question for you. Is the air conditioner that you inherited when you purchased your home the one that you’d have chosen for yourself. Is it zoned in a way that benefits the design of your home? Do you pine for the efficiency of a heat pump or ductless system? Want to maintain great indoor air quality with an affordable cooling performance by using an evaporative cooler? There are a lot of different options out there, and if you aren’t satisfied with your system that is reason enough to consider a replacement.

Schedule your AC replacement with California Indoor Comfort Inc. Where comfort and technology come together.

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