March 24, 2023

Air Conditioner FAQ

Q: Do I Need a New Air Conditioner?

A: The first thing to do when considering a new air conditioner is to consider what type of unit you have. Once you know the type, there are many things to consider. Once you decide on the replacement, it’s time to start looking for one that works the way you want it to.

Q: I live in a house that’s over 25 years old. Is it too old to repair or replace with a new one?

A: This depends on the type of unit you have. If you have an older system, there are many things to consider and do before deciding if it needs to be replaced. Many things can go wrong with older systems. For example, if someone tries to install it the wrong way, you might have a leak or even no air coming out.

Q: Do I need a replacement air conditioner?

A: This is the number one question homeowners ask when considering a new air conditioner. Replacing an older unit is cheaper than a new one, but they sometimes do not work as well or last as long. You will want to consider the age and type of unit you have before considering replacement. Some older units might be eligible for government tax credits, but more and more, these are being phased out.

Q: Is it hard to install a new air conditioner?

A: If you can do basic home repairs on your own, you probably have the experience to install a new air conditioner. If you are more comfortable working with a contractor or plumber, consider hiring one to help install a new system. If you do it yourself, expect to spend more time and research.

Q: If I install and install a new air conditioner, will I have a better chance of leaking in the future?

A: No. Older air conditioners are notorious for leaking or breaking down once or twice and then getting fixed at no cost. Most manufacturers today have upgraded the systems to make repairs difficult, if not impossible.

Q: Should I install a new air conditioner?

A: When installing a new air conditioner, consider how much you’re paying now. Then consider the cost of the unit and how long it might last and compare that to what you’ll be paying in 10 years when your current unit is no longer working. If it is more than necessary, then make this decision for yourself.

Q: How much can I save with a new air conditioner?

A: Most homeowners will pay less to operate a new air conditioner than an old one. In most cases, it will be less than what you pay to run your current unit. However, there are two other things to consider too. The first is the installation cost, and the second is how much energy you’re using and whether it will fail in the future.

Q: What is a heat pump? Can I install one in my home?

A: Heat pumps can be installed in homes, but they offer air conditioning alternatives. They last longer and cost less than air conditioning units. The units use refrigerants and condensates to transfer heat from the outside of your home to the inside, making the process more efficient.

Q: How do I know if it’s a heat pump or an air conditioner?

A: If you have an older unit that is still working, chances are it’s a heat pump. Newer units will be labeled as such. You can also check the label inside the unit to see what the technical code means if you need more information.

Q: What’s the difference between a heat pump and an air conditioner?

A: Air conditioners are large, electrically operated machines that cool the air in your home daily. Heat pumps do the same thing, but with winterizing the indoors instead of cooling them. Both units work differently, but both use refrigerants to keep your home at a comfortable temperature. Both units have fans, compressors, and condensate tanks to perform these tasks.

Q: Why do I need a new air conditioner?

A: If your old unit is still working and you’re not getting any complaints about it, then you might want to stick with the one you have. However, many things can go wrong with older units like this. Before deciding to install a new unit, consider the age of your unit and how much it costs to repair or pay for repairs.

Q: How much do air conditioners cost?

A: The average cost of a new air conditioner is $1,450 and varies depending on your location and unit make. Using the federal tax credit, the average price will be lower. If you are replacing an old unit less than 15 years old, there’s a good chance it will qualify for the federal tax credit. You can also take advantage of local tax credits as well.