Cooling Unit Replacement in the Indianapolis, Indiana Area
Heat pumps and air conditioners offer good life expectancy for most homeowners throughout the Indianapolis area and Central Indiana region. Even with proper maintenance and timely repairs to your existing system, there will come a time when older systems need replacement. Whether you’ve had to make frequent repairs or notice cooling costs rising on your energy bill, there are numerous reasons why installing a new cooling system may be in your best interest.
Williams Comfort Air helps homeowners across the Indianapolis and Central Indiana areas keep their living spaces comfortable and energy bills manageable through air conditioning replacement. Our team of Comfort Consultants are committed to helping you examine your HVAC equipment choices so you can select the new air conditioner or heat pump that best meets your budget and goals for future energy usage. Our licensed, NATE-certified HVAC technicians perform skilled cooling HVAC unit and air conditioner installation to equip your home with the new system you need.
Any current system will lose efficiency as the years go on, increasing how much energy it takes to keep your home cool with plenty of conditioned air. After many years of use, the system efficiency is likely nowhere near the seasonal energy efficiency ratio SEER rating it started with as a new HVAC unit. Replace your air conditioning unit with a more energy efficient to use less energy to fulfil your family’s cooling needs according to your preferences and the load calculation of the home. An HVAC replacement cost investment in new HVAC system air conditioning units, heat pumps, and ductless air conditioning systems will have a lasting impact on home comfort as well as your heating and cooling costs, and may even qualify you to receive certain tax credits that will lower your cost.
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Over the past 55 years, Williams Comfort Air has helped countless homeowners in our local area take advantage of the benefits that come with replacement air conditioner installation. An outdated, underperforming air conditioning system is a detriment to the home in many ways, from the subpar comfort it produces to the additional cost required to continuously run inefficient HVAC systems. If your current air conditioning system makes it difficult for your family to stay cool indoors when it’s hot outside, heat pump and air handler or furnace and air conditioner replacement may be the best solution.
Don’t suffer through another summer without the cooling your family deserves – start the process of purchasing and installing a new air conditioner unit today! Reach out to the HVAC contractors at Williams Comfort Air to receive an estimate for HVAC replacement cost. We will determine the appropriate capacity for your new HVAC system, determined by the square foot size of your house and other key elements.
Learn which cost factors go into the total cost and final price you pay, from how energy efficiency SEER ratings impact the price of a new AC unit to the additional cost of repairing existing ductwork or installing new programmable thermostats to operate the new unit effectively. As a Carrier Factory Authorized Dealer, we offer more equipment choices for air conditioners, furnaces, heat pumps, air handlers, and geothermal HVAC systems that are sure to satisfy your cooling needs and budget.
To request an estimate for new cooling systems, please contact us today!
Repairs vs. Replacement for Heat Pumps and Air Conditioners
As your home’s HVAC system ages, at some point you’ll be faced with the choice to make repairs to the AC unit or move forward with replacing the air conditioning system. Installing a new HVAC system is a large home improvement project that requires a substantial upfront investment cost, but replacement may be the wisest financial move depending on the current state of your air conditioner.
Of course you want to maximize the value you receive from your existing air conditioner prior to replacing it, but you don’t want to find yourself stuck in a situation where you don’t have a working air conditioning unit when you need one. The decision to replace your air conditioning system is highly personal and involves a few factors that differ from one homeowner to the next – in general, we recommend you take a look at these few factors and consider them as you make the choice to repair your existing system or install a new unit.
1. Age of Your AC System
The life expectancy of an AC unit depends on the type of equipment installed. Central air conditioners offer an average service life of 10 to 15 years. Air source heat pumps tend to average 10 to 12 years of service. These central systems use either a furnace or air handler to distribute cool air – a furnace heating system averages 15 to 20 years for gas furnace models and 20 to 30 years for electric furnace units, while an air handler averages about 12 to 15 years of service. Ductless HVAC systems are shown to last anywhere from 10 to 30 years, depending on the specifics of the current system.
While it would be a whole lot easier if air conditioners, furnaces, air handlers, and heat pumps had a definitive expiration date, unfortunately the closest thing we have to work off of is the average life expectancy for each HVAC unit type. Actual service life is impacted by use, maintenance, indoor air quality, and other factors specific to the home.
Whether your current air conditioning system is in need of repairs or you’re simply starting to notice it lose efficiency and require more energy usage, most homeowners look to replacement if their existing system HVAC unit is nearing, within, or beyond the estimated years of service for the type of equipment.
2. Frequency and Repair Costs
Evaluating repair costs can be used to make replacement decisions whether you have a fairly new system or an older AC unit. If the cost and scope of needed repairs are minor, it can make financial sense to continue repairing the system until larger problems arrive or you decide to go ahead and replace your air conditioner. When the repair cost is substantial, you’ll need to put more thought into the best way to spend your money.
What we HVAC contractors call the “5,000 rule” is often used as guidance to help homeowners decide whether the cost of repairs is a worthwhile investment or if it is better to invest that money toward the cost of heat pump or air conditioner replacement. To use the 5,000 rule, multiply the cost of needed repairs by the age of your HVAC system. If the answer is lower than $5,000, making repairs can be a worthy financial choice – when the total is more than $5,000, it is generally recommended that you skip repairs and put that money toward HVAC replacement cost.
Of course, the 5,000 rule isn’t a rule to live by when it comes to making decisions about repairing or replacing your HVAC system or air conditioning equipment. If you have a newer AC unit that requires major repairs, such as extensive electrical work or compressor replacement, and the warranty coverage no longer applies, it can be sensible to replace your HVAC system even though you may have several more years of life from the current air conditioner – installing new air conditioning equipment will provide you with a brand new warranty term that can save you money should certain malfunctions occur.
Cost aside, the frequency heating and cooling repairs are needed should also be considered in your decision. Whether you have an air conditioner, furnace, or other HVAC unit that has suffered a breakdown affecting its mechanical parts, think about how often these issues have occurred lately. More frequent repairs tend to crop up during the last two years the furnace heating system or air conditioning system runs – if the number of repair calls you have made has increased in the last year or two, replacement is probably the better choice.
3. System Energy Efficiency and Current Energy Bills
Your AC unit has a SEER rating, which stands for seasonal energy efficiency ratio. This rating shares how energy efficient the air conditioning HVAC system will operate. If your HVAC system is several years old, don’t expect the unit’s actual operation to be anywhere near as energy efficient as the SEER rating on the label. Every heating and cooling HVAC system experiences a decline in energy efficiency, no matter their original square foot capacity and energy usage rating. This is due to wear and tear that causes the system to amass damage over the years.
You’ll know your heating and cooling AC unit isn’t running with the same energy efficiency as it once did when you see your energy bills rise. If there’s no other explanation for increasing energy bills, like more days at home and extreme outdoor temperatures, assume it’s your heating and cooling unit causing the increase. This is because the AC unit demands more energy usage as its efficiency drops. As a result, your AC unit may not be able to keep up with your cooling demands and your home won’t be as comfortable as it once was.
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