When Should I Replace My AC System?

In a perfect world, the answer would be “never.”  Never, because your current system would run problem-free for all time.

So much for that perfect world scenario.

Still, as imperfect as they might be, today’s better-made and well-maintained AC systems have an estimated shelf life of 15-20 years.  Can yours last that long, and perhaps longer still. It’s possible, but the fact remains that if you live in your house long enough, eventually you’re going to have to replace it.

Some people do so proactively when their energy bills start reaching uncomfortable new heights. They want to pay less and come to realize the amount they save will be enough to cover the cost of a high-efficiency replacement AC system over time.

Other people tolerate the higher energy costs but know that some action needs to be taken when one or more of the following symptoms start to manifest themselves:

  • Frequent and increasingly more costly repairs. What you pay $200 to have your system repaired if you had reason to believe it would run “just fine” after that?  Of course you would.  But how about $500, $1,000, or even $1,500?  In other words, what’s the point when you say “enough is enough,” and finally decide your money is better spent on a replacement AC system?
  • Noisy operation. Remember the good ol’ days when your current system was first installed, and how quietly it operated (assuming it was properly installed)?  Well, the older a system gets, the more prone it becomes make unpleasant and persistent noises, like popping, banging, whirring, and the like.  Noisy operation doesn’t necessarily indicate the need for a new system, but it is something you want to get checked out.
  • Hot and cold spots throughout your home. A well-designed AC system should provide equal amounts of cool air from one room to the next.  If that how it used to be, but no longer is, then you have another reason to have the cause thoroughly investigated.
  • You want to contribute to a cleaner environment. Older AC systems use Freon as a refrigerant, while newer systems are equipped with the more eco-friendly r-410A which is not ozone depleting.  Plus, the longer you hang onto your older system, the more expensive Freon charges are going to become.

If you’re AC system isn’t performing up to par, contact Eagle Service Company today so we can get determine the root cause. After that, we’ll present you with repair and new system options as appropriate, and help you decide on the course of action most in keeping with your family’s indoor comfort needs.

The Benefits of a Variable Speed AC System

Okay, so you’re thinking about replacing your AC system and are in the process of coming up with a wish list to discuss with your chosen HVAC company. The problem is, you’ve been at this for a while and you’re still staring at a blank sheet of paper of computer screen.

We get it.  An AC system is something you buy roughly once every 15 years, so how do you know what you want when you’re not even sure what’s available? All the more reason to hire the RIGHT heating and cooling company, but we’ll get back to that in a bit.

For now, we’d like to steer in you in one particular direction, and that’s to be sure to insist on a variable speed replacement system. Think about your current system for just a minute.  What’s one thing you hate about it?  Well, if you’re like most people, you hate that your house can be overly warm one minute when all of a sudden the AC system comes back to life and starts pumping out fresh amounts of cool air.  Even more annoying is that the process repeats itself numerous times during the day.

Well, that’s exactly what a variable speed system puts an end to.  That’s because once it’s on, it stays on until you manually shut it off.  But instead of running at one constant speed like your current system, the speed varies to deliver just the right amount of cool air to reach and maintain your thermostat temperature setting.

Here’s why that’s better for you:

  • More energy efficient. Even though the system air handler (the indoor component) is constantly running, most of the time it’s doing so at a low level. That conserves energy by preventing the system from having to constantly turn itself on and off.
  • Less noise. You can’t help but hear an AC system when it turns itself back on.  But without the frequent on and off again action, your variable speed replacement system will just go quietly about its business, all day and night long.
  • Improved air quality. With the fan running non-stop, air constantly running through your system’s air filter and dehumidifier to keep you comfortable and breathing cleaner, less humid air.
  • Improved comfort control. Constant fan operation allows your system to maintain ideal temperatures throughout the day minus the big fluctuations you’re probably now experiencing.

Here at Eagle Service Company, we want each customer to enjoy the very best in affordable indoor comfort, and you can count on exactly that. Contact us today for a free in-home comfort analysis and new system proposal.