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Is It Time for a New Air Conditioner?

Is It Time for a New Air Conditioner

Our commitment to excellence is evident through the diligent efforts of our HVAC technicians who are dedicated to providing consistent maintenance and efficient air conditioning unit replacements, ensuring optimal heating and cooling solutions for our esteemed clients. Our focus on maintaining your air conditioning system not only extends its lifespan but also contributes to lowering energy costs, translating into significant financial savings for you.

Determining the appropriate time for an AC unit replacement is a crucial aspect of maintaining an efficient cooling system. Particularly, if your air conditioner has been in service for over a decade, it becomes imperative to consider upgrading the equipment. Older systems tend to experience frequent breakdowns, and as time goes on, manufacturers may discontinue producing specific mechanical components, rendering replacement parts unavailable. Inability to replace these faulty components becomes a clear indication that it’s time to invest in a new air conditioner.

Several key indicators can guide you in determining the right time for an AC replacement:

Escalating Energy Bills: Over time, AC systems can lose efficiency, leading to older units consuming more electricity than they did when first installed. A rise in energy bills can signify decreased efficiency, especially if the unit works harder due to issues like leaks, resulting in higher cooling demands and subsequent billing.

Low SEER Rating: While a low SEER (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio) rating doesn’t necessarily equate to inefficiency, considering an upgrade is wise if your unit’s SEER rating falls below the minimum standard of 13. This is particularly significant as the minimum rating will rise in 2023, further highlighting the inefficiency of older units.

Freon Usage: The phased-out use of R22 (freon) in air conditioners by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in 2020 necessitates the replacement of AC units reliant on this coolant. Securing freon for repairs becomes challenging, reinforcing the need for an upgrade.

Mounting Repair Expenses: With aging AC units, repair needs can become more frequent and costly. If you find yourself investing significant time and money into repairs, it’s advisable to explore the benefits of a new unit, particularly as outlined in the “$5,000 rule.”

Replacing an AC unit incurs costs encompassing the unit’s price and installation fees. The overall expense, ranging from $5,800 to $14,000, is subject to various variables including location, installation complexity, home size, potential ductwork modifications, and necessary electrical upgrades. HVAC manufacturers and dealers may offer discounts and rebates, such as Trane’s ongoing deals, which can significantly impact the final cost. Consulting an HVAC professional can provide detailed insights into your specific circumstances.

Benefits of a High SEER2 Rating or Ratio

Higher Energy Efficiency

A higher SEER2 rating provides greater energy efficiency in certain conditions. The minimum standard SEER2 for air conditioners is 13.41, though most modern air conditioners have a SEER2 that ranges from 13 to 21. Trane air conditioners range from 13.4 SEER2 up to 21.5 SEER2. But don’t forget — this rating is a maximum. The efficiency of your system can vary based on the size of your home, your current ductwork and other variables. Even with a high SEER rating, it’s still helpful to use other energy saving tips for the summer season.

The U.S. Department of Energy enforces minimum efficiency standards that may differ by product type and region.

Greater Indoor Comfort

Getting an air conditioning system with a higher SEER2 does mean you’ll be more comfortable in the summer months, especially if you live in a hot region like the Southeast or Southwest, plus they can be more efficient, which means less potential for AC troubleshooting.

Higher SEER2 units often have 2 components that provide greater indoor comfort.

2-stage or variable-speed compressor

Variable-speed blower

Air conditioners with lower SEER2 ratings are usually single-stage and only run on one speed. This means they’ll frequently turn on and off during mild weather and you’ll experience uneven cooling or hot and cold spots. You’ll also experience higher humidity levels which makes it feel hotter than it is. Your A/C needs to run for a long period of time to remove humidity from your home’s air. The ups and downs of a single-stage system don’t accommodate for this, and might require more AC maintenance to run efficiently.

In Houston, Texas, Autumn Mechanical takes pride in not only offering exceptional HVAC services but also providing financing options to address urgent climate control needs. Recognizing the potential consequences of an inadequately functioning air conditioner, which can lead to problems like warped wood and mold growth, we extend financing choices for clients to access essential services promptly. Through approved credit, clients can leverage special financing options when purchasing qualifying Trane equipment through Wells Fargo, a reputable equal housing lender.

Autumn Mechanical, previously known as Autumn Air, is a trusted resource for mechanical contracting and service based in Spring, TX. With a comprehensive focus on HVAC, plumbing, and refrigeration services, our experienced technicians serve customers in Houston, Dallas, and neighboring areas with utmost professionalism and integrity. With three decades of experience in the air conditioning and heating sector, Autumn Mechanical has earned a strong reputation throughout Houston communities. Our array of services encompasses residential and commercial AC and heating, encompassing repair, installation, maintenance, and heat pump equipment repair.

Whether you’re seeking top-notch air conditioning and heating services at an affordable price, Autumn Mechanical is here to assist. Our services extend to both residential and commercial HVAC systems, catering to diverse needs for climate control optimization. Proudly serving the Greater Houston area, including neighborhoods like Briarpark, Midtown, Sugar Land, Cypress, Pearland, The West University Place, The Heights, Spring, Willowbrook, Spring Branch, and The Woodlands, Autumn Mechanical stands ready to deliver quality solutions for your home or business. To explore the comprehensive benefits of our services, reach out to us today and discover how we can enhance your climate control experience.

Autumn Mechanical
18812 Tomato St.
Spring, TX 77379
(713) 864-8368
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