With adequate maintenance, your air conditioner can last 15 years or greater. But even the most well-maintained air conditioner will need to be updated at some point.

When you’re beginning to plan for air conditioning installation in Santa Clarita, we are aware that cost is at the top of your list of questions. The bright side is that getting a new air conditioner could be more affordable than you think it is, due to rebates, our special offers and financing for qualified customers. You’ll also enjoy enhanced energy efficiency, which will likely pay off over its life span through cheaper cooling bills.

Here’s what to anticipate when you’re getting a new air conditioner.

When to Consider Replacing Your Air Conditioner

Knowing when to repair or replace your air conditioner might be tricky. Here’s what our professionals recommend.

Replace

  • Your air conditioner is older than 10 years old. While some could work longer, many air conditioners last for around 15 years with annual maintenance. We recommend getting ready for air conditioning replacement near the 10-year point. Even if you install a new one when it’s only a decade old, the U.S. Department of Energy says this change could save you 20-40% on cooling bills.
  • You’ve neglected regular maintenance for many years. Just like a car, your cooling system needs regular air conditioning maintenance. Not doing this critical service can result in diminished efficiency, more persistent repairs and even a shorter life span.
  • Your air conditioner needs frequent or pricey repairs. Needing air conditioning repair is usually the outcome of overlooking tune-ups But as your air conditioner gets older it’s more likely to experience a catastrophic malfunction. When repairs are more than half the cost of a new air conditioner, we recommend getting a new one.
  • Your home is uncomfortable. If your house feels too sticky or you’re experiencing hot and cold spots in given areas, your air conditioner may be struggling to keep up. This is a hint it’s time to replace it.
  • Your energy bills are costly. Your air conditioner becomes less efficient as it ages. As a consequence, it may need to run more often or longer to keep your residence at your desired temp. Newer air conditioners have the latest energy-efficient technology to keep your house cool and cooling bills reasonable.
  • Your air conditioner has R-22 refrigerant. If your air conditioner was replaced before 2010, there’s a high likelihood it runs on Freon. Also known as R-22, this refrigerant is no longer being manufactured as a result of its damaging effects on the environment. You can continue to use your air conditioner, but if it were to experience a refrigerant leak, repairing that would be very expensive. This is due to the fact R-22 is only available in limited, recycled amounts.

Repair

  1. Your air conditioner is under 10 years old. If your air conditioner is newer, it’s ideal to repair it.
  2. Repairs aren’t needed all the time or economical. The wisest way to avoid unanticipated repairs is to have yearly maintenance done. But when repairs are only needed intermittently or are economical, repair your air conditioner.
  3. Your air conditioner has a valid warranty. Most air conditioners include a 5- to 10-year limited warranty that usually covers the compressor. Your exact warranty length depends on your manufacturer, but it offers valuable protection in the event of a big failure. If your air conditioner is under warranty, we suggest fixing it.

General Estimate of Air Conditioner Cost

Most homeowners spend around $4,631 on a new air conditioner, per national averages compiled by HomeGuide. Air conditioner cost averages often range from $3,350 to $5,912, but your total cost {might|could|may] be lower or higher.

There are a few aspects that impact your total cost, including:

  • The air conditioner model you choose, because more energy-efficient ones are more expensive.
  • The size your space needs.
  • If you need to put in new ductwork, which can be required if your ductwork is aging or inefficient.

We offer free estimates at Verona HVAC so you can be sure you’re getting a great deal. And with our wide range of air conditioners, there’s an energy-efficient model that fits just about any budget.

Air Conditioner Sizing

Air conditioner size is crucial. A system that’s too little won’t be able to keep your house cool. And one that’s too large could turn on and off too often, or short cycle. This act can increase your cooling costs and wear your air conditioner out prematurely. This might also lead to temperature inconsistencies and make your house feel less comfy.

At Verona HVAC, our technicians have many years of experience in accurately sizing and installing the right air conditioner for your home. The size you need depends on how large your home is, along with several other factors. Some of the most common sizes include:

  • 2 ton, which cools up to 1,000 square feet
  • 3 ton, which cools up to 1,600 square feet
  • 4 ton, which cools up to 1,900 square feet
  • 5 ton, which cools more than 2,000 square feet

Other considerations that can impact air conditioner size are:

  • The weather in Santa Clarita.
  • Ductwork quality and age.
  • How many windows you have and the style, because expansive or picture windows can be lower efficiency.
  • If your house receives more sun or shade.
  • Insulation quality and thickness.
  • How many people are in your family.

Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratings

Your air conditioner’s efficiency is impacted by its SEER, or Seasonal Energy Efficiency Rating. This number measures how efficiently it transforms electricity to create cooling. The greater the number, the more efficient the air conditioner is.

When you’re buying a new air conditioner, it’s important to be aware:

  • Dated air conditioners are classified around 8-9 SEER.
  • Modern air conditioners start at 13 SEER. Ones installed in the southwest and southeast must be no less than 14 SEER due to U.S. Department of Energy requirements. As of 2017, these SEER rating requirements have saved homeowners trillions of dollars.
  • ENERGY STAR®-certified air conditioners begin at 14.5 SEER.
  • Higher SEER-rated air conditioners have more features to help you save more. These features may involve variable-speed cooling. Instead of operating at full speed all the time, these air conditioners can adjust blower speeds based on your cooling preferences. This creates quieter and more energy-efficient cooling. While an air conditioner with a better SEER rating is usually higher priced, it might be eligible for additional rebates. And the energy savings over its lifetime might help it pay for itself.

Start Your Air Conditioning Installation with Verona HVAC Now

When you’re planning for air conditioning replacement, the company who puts it in is just as essential as the model you go with. Verona HVAC is one of the number one names for air conditioning installation in Santa Clarita. From helping you select the right solution for your house to reviewing financing options to professional installation, working with our professionals is a breeze. Call us at 818-306-3387 to get started right away!