Oklahoma City AC Installation and Replacement
If your air conditioner is old or your home does not have one, you may need to replace or install a new unit. When selecting and installing an air conditioner, you will need to hire a professional technician to ensure that the wiring and installation are correct. You will also want to take care of that new system by performing annual maintenance on it so that it keeps you and your family cool during Oklahoma City’s warmer months.
When to Replace an Air Conditioner
If your air conditioner is not working, a technician might be able to repair the unit to get it back on track. However, there will also come a time when repairs are not enough or when your unit is not worth repairing.
Below are some indications that you may need to consider replacing your air conditioner.
The System is Not Efficient
If your air conditioner is not working efficiently, it may be causing you to pay unnecessarily high energy bills. You could save money by installing a newer and more efficient system.
The System Requires Frequent Repairs
While you might be able to repair your air conditioner, if things keep going wrong, it might be time to replace the unit. The costs associated with ongoing repairs may cost more in the long run than installing a new unit that will not have the same problems.
The Unit is Old
If your current air conditioner is more than ten years old, it may be time to invest in a new system. Air conditioners, like any appliance, will have a shelf life. While systems can last for fifteen years if you care for them and perform proper maintenance, the cost affiliated with frequent repairs may make it impractical to continue to fix the system. Installing a new unit might be more cost-effective.
The Unit Uses Freon
Energy conservation efforts are leading to the phasing out of freon in air conditioners. If your system uses freon, it will not work with the newer refrigerants. You will have to replace the system, possibly sooner rather than later. If your air conditioner uses freon and is not working correctly, it might be a good time to consider replacing the unit.
Your System is Not Keeping Your House Cool
If the air conditioner is not working correctly, and your home is not staying cool, you might need a new system. If the problem is not easy to fix with simple repairs, then it might not be the right size for your home, or it might be getting too old to perform its job. Replacing the system might be the best way to make your home comfortable.
Choosing an Air Conditioner
Whether you are looking to install air conditioning for the first time or replacing an old unit, you should consider several factors. Hopefully, your system will last for at least a decade, so it is worth taking the time to pick one that will work best for your home.
One of the essential factors in an air conditioner is that it cools your home efficiently. Look for a seasonal energy-efficiency rating (SEER) of at least 14. Higher SEER ratings will translate into lower energy bills.
Make sure that your system is the correct size for your home. If the system is too small, it will not cool the necessary space.
Newer systems will often let you set the time when the system starts or stops. You can save energy by not paying to cool your house when you are out.
When selecting an air conditioning system, remember that you might not need as much power from the AC unit if you took steps to improve insulation. On the other hand, if you put an addition on your home, you may need a more extensive system. Whatever unit you select, you should make sure that you schedule annual maintenance checks to keep that unit running and in good shape.
If you are looking to replace an air conditioner, contact Barnett Electrical for information about Oklahoma City AC installation and replacement.