With proper maintenance, your air conditioner can run for 15 years or greater. But even the most well-maintained air conditioner will need to be replaced eventually.

When you’re starting to plan for air conditioning installation in Yukon, we realize that the price is number one on your list of questions. The silver lining is that getting a new air conditioner could be more reasonable than you think it is, because of rebates, our special offers and financing for qualified customers. You’ll also get enhanced energy efficiency, which will typically pay off over its life span through cheaper cooling bills.

Here’s what to anticipate when you’re installing a new air conditioner.

When to Replace Your Air Conditioner

Knowing when to repair or replace your air conditioner might be tricky. Here’s what our professionals advise.

Replace

  • Your air conditioner is past 10 years old. While some may work longer, most air conditioners run for around 15 years with annual maintenance. We recommend planning for air conditioning replacement close to the 10-year age. Even if you replace it when it’s only a decade old, the U.S. Department of Energy says this swap could save you 20-40% on cooling bills.
  • You’ve skipped annual maintenance for many years. Just like a car, your cooling system requires regular air conditioning maintenance. Skipping this crucial service can lead to lower efficiency, more recurring repairs and even a shorter life span.
  • Your air conditioner requires frequent or expensive repairs. Needing air conditioning repair is frequently the consequence of overlooking tune-ups But as your air conditioner ages it’s more likely to suffer a catastrophic problem. When repairs are greater than half the cost of a new air conditioner, we recommend getting a new one.
  • Your home is uncomfortable. If your house feels too muggy or you’re experiencing hot and cold spots in specific areas, your air conditioner could be struggling to keep up. This is a hint it’s time to replace it.
  • Your energy bills are high. Your air conditioner gets less efficient as it gets older. Consequently, it could need to work more often or longer to keep your home at your desired setting. Newer air conditioners have the top energy-efficient technology to keep your house comfortable and energy expenses low.
  • Your air conditioner has R-22 refrigerant. If your air conditioner was purchased before 2010, there’s a good chance it uses Freon. Also referred to as R-22, this refrigerant is no longer being made because of its bad effects on the environment. You can keep using your air conditioner, but if it were to have a refrigerant leak, solving that would be extremely expensive. This is due to the fact R-22 is only available in limited, recycled quantities.

Repair

  1. Your air conditioner is less than 10 years old. If your air conditioner is newer, it’s ideal to repair it.
  2. Repairs aren’t common or inexpensive. The wisest way to stop unexpected repairs is to have annual work completed. But when repairs are only needed not very often or are economical, repair your air conditioner.
  3. Your air conditioner is under warranty. Most air conditioners are accompanied by a 5- to 10-year limited warranty that typically covers the compressor. Your exact warranty length depends on your manufacturer, but it offers valuable protection in the event of a huge failure. If your air conditioner is covered by warranty, we suggest fixing it.

General Estimate of Air Conditioner Cost

Many homeowners spend around $4,631 on a new air conditioner, based on national averages compiled by HomeGuide. Air conditioner cost averages often range from $3,350 to $5,912, but your total cost {might|could|may] be lower or higher.

There are a couple of factors that affect your total cost, such as:

  • The air conditioner model you select, since more energy-efficient ones are more expensive.
  • The size you need.
  • If you need to install new ductwork, which can be needed if your ductwork is aging or separated.

We provide free estimates at Comfort Concepts Heating & Air Conditioning so you can know you’re getting a good deal. And with our full range of air conditioners, there’s an energy-efficient model that accommodates just about any budget.

Air Conditioner Sizing

Air conditioner size is essential. A system that’s too little won’t be able to keep your house cool. And one that’s too big could turn on and off too many times, or short cycle. This behavior can drive up your cooling costs and wear your air conditioner out more quickly. This could also create temperature variability and make your house feel less cool.

At Comfort Concepts Heating & Air Conditioning, our technicians have many years of experience in accurately sizing and installing the right air conditioner for your house. The right size depends on how spacious your house is, along with several other things. Some of the most typical sizes include:

  • 2 ton, which cools up to 1,000 square feet
  • 3 ton, which cools up to 1,600 square feet
  • 4 ton, which cools up to 1,900 square feet
  • 5 ton, which cools more than 2,000 square feet

Other considerations that can influence air conditioner size are:

  • The climate in Yukon.
  • Ductwork quality and age.
  • How many windows your house has and the style, as big or picture windows might be lower efficiency.
  • If your home has more sun or shade.
  • Insulation quality and concentration.
  • How many people live in your home.

SEER Ratings

Your air conditioner’s efficiency is tied to its SEER, or Seasonal Energy Efficiency Rating. This ranking measures how efficiently it transforms electricity to create cooling. The greater the number, the more efficient the air conditioner is.

When you’re installing a new air conditioner, it’s essential to be aware:

  • Older air conditioners are rated around 8-9 SEER.
  • Modern air conditioners start at 13 SEER. Ones installed in the southwest and southeast must be no less than 14 SEER due to U.S. Department of Energy regulations. As of 2017, these SEER rating requirements have saved homeowners trillions of dollars.
  • ENERGY STAR®-certified air conditioners begin at 14.5 SEER.
  • Higher SEER-rated air conditioners come with extra features to help you save more. These features may include variable-speed cooling. Instead of operating at full speed continuously, these air conditioners can reduce blower speeds based on your cooling needs. This leads to quieter and more energy-efficient air conditioning. While an air conditioner with a greater SEER rating is often pricier, it may be eligible for additional rebates. And the energy savings over its life span may help it pay for itself.

Kickstart Your Air Conditioning Installation with Comfort Concepts Heating & Air Conditioning Today

When you’re preparing for air conditioning replacement, the company who installs it is just as critical as the model you select. Comfort Concepts Heating & Air Conditioning is one of the top names for air conditioning installation in Yukon. From helping you select the right solution for your home to going over financing options to professional installation, collaborating with our pros is a breeze. Reach us at 405-494-7444 to begin now!