AC Replacement – Things You Need To Know
Are you looking to replace your air conditioner? Or maybe you’re just looking to repair your current air conditioner? Maybe you’re not sure what you need to do. Making a decision like this can be tricky, and there are some things you need to make sure you’re familiar with before you choose the best option for you.
Whether you want to replace or fix your air conditioner, you need to make sure that you are using a professional company, and you’re getting the right equipment for your needs. In order to do this, you need to know some important information.
1. How to Choose a Contractor
The very first thing you need to think about is which contractor you’re going to hire. If someone doesn’t size it or install your unit correctly, it won’t matter that you’ve bought the latest, state-of-the-art unit – it simply won’t work.
Choosing a contractor can be a tough choice to make, especially if you don’t know how to tell the difference between the good and the bad. The first thing you need to do is verify whether the contractor you are hiring is trained and certified by organizations like NATE (North American Technician Excellence) or ACCA (Air Conditioning Contractors of America). This is the most important thing you can check to ensure that you are hiring a trained professional.
A great contractor will be able to justify their recommendations to you and take the time to ensure you understand everything they are recommending.
2. Replace vs. Repair
If you’ve hired a good contractor, they will be able to give you the best advice on whether your system needs to be replaced or repaired, and the pros and cons of each action.
Often, the choice to replace the entire system over just repairing the system is most affected by how old the system is (the older it is the more likely it will need to be replaced), how often you use your system (frequently versus hardly at all), and where you live (as the weather can affect how long your unit lasts). Living in sunny South Florida, we use our AC units constantly – especially during the hot and humid summer months.
3. Cold Air vs. Other Features
Every basic central air conditioner you can find out there will produce cold air and cool your entire house – what you need to be thinking about is whether just cold air is right for you? There are many high efficiency AC systems that not only produce cold air, but also use less energy. Although these systems tend to be more expensive it’s important to consider that this energy saving feature will save you money on your electric bill in the long run. It’s important to consider long term savings in these aspects over short term savings, and evaluate which option is best for you before making any purchasing decisions.
Remember, a great contractor will be able to let you know what options you have, and help you understand and evaluate which option is best suited to your needs – so finding the right contractor is always the best starting point.