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Is It Time To Replace My HVAC Unit?

Written by A. Borrelli Mechanical on 05.28.20

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The weather in New York and Connecticut can be unpredictable. Because of this, we often have to rely on our HVAC systems to keep us comfortable in extreme temperatures. Even with regular maintenance, your air conditioning system can wear overtime. How do you know when it's time to replace your HVAC unit?

It's Not Energy Efficient

A seasonal energy efficient ratio (SEER) is the standard energy-efficient rating system. A SEER rating is determined by taking the ratio of your air conditioners cooling output and dividing it by the energy it consumes in Watt-hours. The Energy Policy Act of 2005 updated the minimum energy rating for HVAC equipment to 13 SEER. New HVAC equipment has anywhere from a 14-25 SEER rating. If your system is older, it is likely running with a low SEER rating and should be replaced.

Learn more about SEER ratings

According to the EPA, even if your air conditioner is only 10 years old, you may save 20% to 40% of your cooling energy costs by replacing it with a newer, more efficient model. If you have a AC that is too big or too small, you might also want to replace/upgrade it. You don't need to replace an improperly sized air conditioner right away, but lost efficiency may make you want to replace it sooner than you normally would.

• Read more: Is Your Air Conditioner Sized Properly?

It Needs Regular Repairs

Regular maintenance checks are expected with any HVAC system. But if you feel like you are constantly calling your HVAC professional, it might be time to replace it. HVAC units requiring constant repair can be costly. Some repairs can even be dangerous when they involve electric issues.

You Are Not Comfortable at Home

Your air conditioner should be cooling all the rooms in your home at a consistent temperature. If it is producing cool air but not enough to keep you comfortable, you should consider replacing your system. It is possible that it is not the right size for your home or that something else is causing the issue. Talk to your HVAC professional to determine the best next step.

With licensed, trained, and insured technicians in Westchester County, New York as well as Fairfield County, Connecticut, homeowners can count on A. Borrelli to handle their heating, cooling, and plumbing needs expediently. At A. Borrelli, we do HVAC and plumbing right, so call us today!Water filtration services

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