Purchasing a new air conditioning system can be an exciting investment. With the new system comes cool air in the summer and warm air in the winter! It can also bring lower electricity bills and higher energy efficiency.
Buying a new unit can be a tough decision. AC installation is another area to consider that maybe you hadn’t thought about. At Champion AC and Plumbing, we want to make sure you ask the right questions before making such a big investment. Here are a few key questions you should ask before buying a new system to ensure that it’s the best one for you.
Do I Need An AC Repair Or A Tune-Up?
Before getting rid of your current air conditioner, consider if it just needs a quick fix. AC repair might save you some money and get a bit more life out of the unit. Here are a few things to consider when deciding on a repair or a completely new unit:
The average system can last 10-15 years. If yours is well under that amount and is well maintained without a history of significant failures, all you might need is an AC repair or tune-up.
Cost Of Repair
Many HVAC professionals use the “$5,000 Rule.” Multiply how old the AC system is and the cost of repair and if it exceeds $5,000 it might be best to replace it.
Cost Of Energy Bills
Even if your current AC system is well maintained, an older unit may incur higher energy bills. Consider the SEER rating system that all air conditioning units use to measure energy efficiency.
After considering these factors, if you are leaning more towards getting a new system instead of getting an AC repair or tune-up, then consider these the following questions.
What Type Of System Do I Need?
Just like buying anything else, there are different kinds of air conditioners and brands. Consider the pros and cons of each one to determine whether it’s a good fit for your home. If you need help, consult with a professional from Champion to help you find the right fit for you!
How Big Should The New System Be?
If a unit is too small it won’t be able to cool your home adequately. A system that’s too big will cause problems later on due to faster wear and tear. Having a professional properly size your AC to your home’s needs is crucial! Champion AC & Plumbing sizes your AC before you buy it so that you know your new system will fit your needs.
What Are The System’s Efficiency and Technological Capabilities?
Aside from proper sizing, an AC that meets your efficiency and technology needs is important. If you want a more efficient AC, don’t settle for a system with a lower SEER rating. Discuss efficiency and technology options with your trusted air conditioner contractor to find a system with all of the features you want.
Who Will Be Installing The System?
HVAC installation isn’t an easy job and should never be done by unskilled workers. If the workers aren’t certified technicians, they may not have the proper skills for the job. Champion AC & Plumbing only hire technicians with the proper experience and certifications to do the job right the first time.
What Is The Total Cost Of AC Installation?
Purchasing a new AC is already a big investment without labor and other extra costs. Ask your AC company what the total cost of installation will be, including labor and any other extra components (air quality, thermostat, etc.). Make sure to leave room in your budget for unforeseen complications, like fixing air ducts, as well.
Contact Your Air Conditioner Contractor In Austin!
When it comes to your next AC install, you need a group of professionals that you can count on. Many trust Champion AC & Plumbing in Austin to get the job done right! Our top priority is providing you with energy-efficient, quality HVAC solutions, and AC installation at an affordable rate.
Contact us today to schedule AC installation or other HVAC services!