Ready for a New AC? 3 Factors to Consider

If your air conditioning system is on its last legs, it’s important to start planning now for a replacement. Sometimes it can be easy to tell if your AC is on its way out, but other times it can be challenging to determine if you need to replace it.

We can help you figure out if and when you need an AC replacement and also take care of the job. Here are three key factors that will alert you to when an air conditioner needs to be replaced soon.

1. Your AC system is 15 years or older

This may seem obvious, but if you have an older air conditioner, you should prepare to purchase a new unit. Modern AC units last between 10 to 15 years, depending on a number of factors. If you’ve properly maintained the unit, then your air conditioner can reasonably function for up to 15 years. Once your unit has reached 15 years, it’s time to prepare for replacement.

2. You’re constantly calling for repairs

If your current AC system is breaking down often and you frequently need to have technicians out to repair it, you may need to replace it. Your air conditioner shouldn’t break down if you’re having it regularly serviced. The technicians who come for maintenance can also help to spot any issues your AC system may be experiencing.

3. Your AC system just isn’t working the way it used to

Does the temperature in your home remain consistent? Are the rooms evenly cooled? Is the unit quiet when it turns on? Are your energy bills consistent? If you answered no to any of these questions, it’s time to talk to a technician about whether you should repair or replace your AC system.

Three factors to consider for your new AC system

If it’s time to replace your AC system, the first step is finding the right company to work with. Ask for referrals, do your research, and you’re sure to come up with a good partner for your installation!

There are three factors to consider in the installation as well.

1. The state of the ductwork

If you have an older home, or a home with ductwork that isn’t in the best shape, you’ll want to install an AC system that isn’t reliant on ductwork to function. Ductless heat pumps are an energy-efficient and effective choice to deliver temperature-controlled air to your home.

2. If you also need a heating system

If you need both heat and cooling abilities, you’ll want a heat pump rather than just a central air conditioner. A heat pump will provide you with the ability to both heat and cool your home, while a central air conditioning unit will only allow you to cool your home.

3. How much zone control you want

If you want to change the temperature in each room in your house, you’ll want a zoned HVAC system such as a zone control central AC or a ductless AC.

If you’re looking for air conditioning installation in Portland, OR, we’d be happy to help. Please call Sydni, our Office Extraordinaire, to schedule your next appointment! We will take care of you from there. Contact The Clean Air Act to get started today.

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