This can be a daunting question.  How can you be sure that your A/C system needs repair or replacement?  Are the issues really issues at all?

Rules of thumb to keep in mind when determining the need for A/C repair or replacement:

  • Your home does not feel comfortably cool when the air conditioner is on.
  • All rooms are not cooling the sameSome rooms in your home are too hot or too cold.
  • The humidity in your home is the same or higher than the humidity outside.
  • Your heating or cooling system is noisy.
  • If your air conditioner runs all the time.
  • The air conditioner keeps shutting off when your home is hot.
  • Your utility bills seem too high.
  • You have had refrigerant added more than once in the past five years.
  • The air conditioner has not been serviced for more than two years.
  • Your air conditioner or heat pump is more than ten years old.
  • Your equipment needs frequent repairs.

If you have a newer A/C system of about 5-7 years old you will more than likely want to repair any issue.   First, check the manufacturer’s warranty to see if your system is still covered.  Most manufacturers will offer 5-10 years on the compressor, condenser, and coils. All of this information will be spelled out in your warranty papers.  You can always reach out to the manufacturer to see what parts qualify if you don’t have the paperwork.

If your A/C equipment isn’t performing like it used to, you probably need Preventative Maintenance or a Tune Up. Manufacturers suggest regular maintenance by a qualified professional every season. Read more on Preventative Maintenance here.

The age of your system will often determine if replacement is necessary.  Systems older than 10 years will more than likely need to be upgraded.  Older HVAC systems are less efficient using more energy and costing more money.  If your HVAC system is over 10 years old you can expect to save up to 50% in operating costs simply by increasing the efficiency ratio with a new condenser unit and indoor evaporator coil.  Not only will you save money on repairs, but you’ll see monthly savings on your utility bills.

Today’s higher efficiency systems have innovative comfort features like two stage compressors, variable speed fans, and automatic temperature/humidity controls allow you to experience more consistency and comfort from your heating and cooling system.

Often when one component on your system breaks down unexpectedly, it seems easy to just focus on repairing or replacing that component; however, each part of your system works with the others to boost efficiency and reliability, so it helps to keep the big picture in mind.

What should I look for when choosing a new heater, heat pump or air conditioning unit?

  • Choose a manufacturer that has a good reputation for quality and durability.
  • Choose a model that with a high-efficiency rating to bring you better comfort and lower your seasonal energy bill.
  • Choose the correct equipment size and system for your home.
  • Don’t just buy a unit just because it is on sale and seems like a great deal at the time; do some research on the product or ask the installation representative for more product information.
  • Finally, choose a reliable company with excellent customer satisfaction and a track record of service after the sale. Talk to your friends and neighbors. Check out contractor ratings and reviews online from organizations like Angie’s List or the Better Business Bureau.   Chances are you’ll get plenty of recommendations for Forest Air!