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What is a high efficiency unit? High efficiency HVAC equipment can reduce utility bills by 10 - 30% over minimum efficiency equipment. For a typical household this can mean hundreds of dollars in savings per year. These energy cost savings can represent a 20 to 40 percent return on investment after taxes for the extra cost of high efficiency equipment! And the energy savings go on. High efficiency HVAC equipment can improve home comfort several ways with more even heating and cooling and quieter operation. The quality construction, improved technology, and attention to detail found in high efficiency HVAC products usually results in longer equipment life and often longer warranties on key components.

When should I consider replacing my A/C? - If your air conditioning or heating system fails, you are faced with a choice: either repair the existing unit by replacing parts or by buying a new air conditioner or heater. Some air conditioning and heating companies push a certain solution based on what is convenient or what method earns them the most money. You should decide whether to repair or replace a unit based on what is in your best interest. To help with this important decision we have gathered this important information for you to consider.

The 3 Main Factors


When considering whether to replace your existing unit, the three main factors to consider are the life expectancy, efficiency, and current condition of the unit. Each must be considered carefully before you decide whether to repair or replace your air conditioning or heating unit. If any of these factors is a problem area, then you should consider replacement, and if two or three are problems, then replacement is almost always your best bet.

Life Expectancy - Most units last only eight to twelve years. After that point they become expensive to repair and break down often. After this time, the parts are sometimes discontinued which causes them to be more expensive, if not completely unavailable. If you live in an area near the ocean or with a high salt content, the lifespan of your kim kardashian pokies unit may be even shorter due to corrosion. Consider the age of your equipment when you decide whether to replace or repair your unit. If a unit is eight years old or older, it is nearing its life expectancy. You can add at least four years to this number if you have consistently had it professionally maintained during this time.

Efficiency - If you completely restore an aging unit, which is expensive to do, you will still only have the efficiency that it was rated for when it was manufactured at best. Older units are much less efficient than newer ones, due to constant improvement and increasing energy standards imposed by the government, so replacing your unit can save you money if your unit is old and inefficient. Units are rated by S.E.E.R. or Seasonal Energy Efficiency Rating. An easy way to understand these ratings is as follows; a unit that is rated at 10 S.E.E.R. gets ten units of cooling for a set amount of electricity, a unit rated 14 S.E.E.R. gets 14 units for the same amount of electricity, so you get 40% more cooling for the same amount. Savings of up to 60 percent or more on your electric or gas bill is possible when you replace it with high efficient equipment. In many cases, installing a new air conditioning system can pay for itself in energy savings within a relatively short time.

Current Condition - Consider the current condition of your unit when you decide whether to repair or replace your air conditioning and heating unit. Factors to consider are the quality of the equipment (reputable brand, builder's model, etc.), number of breakdowns, and how often the unit has been maintained. If your unit hasn't been maintained or is inferior in quality or has frequent breakdowns, consider replacement as a serious option. No matter the skill of the installer or service professional there is little that can be done with a unit that is in very poor condition, besides restoring the unit, which is almost always prohibitively expensive.