It is a big purchase, and it can be challenging to know when to replace your AC unit. At Crew Heating & Air Conditioning, we want to help you take the guesswork out of when to replace your air conditioning system. That is why we have highly trained HVAC technicians working on installation and maintenance and repair. If you are looking at a new system, we can help you look at short-term and long-term financial costs and benefits to see if it is the right purchase for you.
Many homeowners fear a broken AC unit because we live in the Houston area. Because of that, we hear some horror stories of people who bought an unneeded new HVAC unit instead of paying for a simple repair. We promise always to be honest with you. If you have a broken AC unit, we will explain the repair costs and give you our best estimate of the life left in your unit. While no one can predict the future, our highly trained technicians can provide you with a good idea of whether you need to consider a replacement.
You may have heard that air conditioners can last up to 20 years. That is true, but also false. In Houston, we use air conditioners year-round, and they get some significant wear and tear during the summer months. We estimate the life of an air conditioner to be closer to 10 to 15 years in our area, depending on individual usage and how well you have maintained the system. That means that if your air conditioner is less than ten years old, was installed correctly, and is the right size for your home, and you probably do not need to replace it yet.
Of course, age is only one indicator. The reality is that many people in our area have the wrong size AC unit for their homes. Builders may skimp on AC unit size, which can mean your system struggles to keep up with your demands. Builders also install less expensive systems, which may not be the best option for efficiency and cost more in wasted energy.
Do you have rooms that are hotter or colder than the rest of the house? Adjusting your vents may help, but it can also mean a problem with your compressor, vents, or fan system. If professional help still leaves you with hot or cold rooms, it may be time to replace the system.
Every cooling system makes noise, but you should be aware of any unusual noises. They always indicate a problem. Sometimes the problem is simple, but grinding and banging noises could mean it is time to get a new system.
Air conditioners work by removing moisture from the air. It gets more complicated than that, but the process means your system constantly deals with moisture and water. If your system has more than the normal condensation, it can lead to damage to the rest of your home. Have any leaks assessed by a professional as soon as possible.
Things break, especially in high-demand situations. However, a well-maintained AC system should not be breaking down regularly. If you are constantly getting your system repaired, it may be time to consider a new system. The long-term price of a new system is often less than the price of repeated repairs, especially when you factor in the savings you get from increased efficiency.
You may initially want name brands when looking at a new air conditioner. Brand recognition is excellent, but the value is even more critical. Your HVAC sales representative should be able to thoroughly explain the benefits of every system they suggest so that you can make your determination about which one is best for you.
Many consumers do not realize that there are only a handful of air conditioning manufacturers selling products in the United States. Most air conditioners are manufactured by a brand you recognize but may be labeled by another brand, including store brands. That means that if you purchase a private label air conditioner, you can get the same or better quality associated with the big brands, but at considerable savings.
Crew is currently working on developing our own private label of air conditioners. Built to our specifications, these systems will offer our customers the highest quality air conditioners available at that price point, maximizing savings and value.
If you think it is time for a new air conditioner, the first step is to schedule a consultation. One of our technicians will come to your home to evaluate your usage requirements. We will determine what size unit you need and recommend which units will work best to meet your needs. We do not believe in high-pressure sales tactics. We are happy to give you the time to do your research to make an informed decision. We are also glad to make a same-day sale and schedule installation as soon as possible.