The Top 3 Questions You Need to Ask When Replacing Your Air Conditioner

If you have recently noticed that your air conditioning system isn’t working as efficiently as it should — or it frequently breaks down and needs repairs — it might be time to consider replacing your air conditioner.

Fortunately, investing in a replacement air conditioner is always a good choice. With the proper maintenance, your new system should last anywhere from 12 to 15 years.

Want to guarantee that your upcoming air conditioning replacement goes as smoothly as it should? Always make sure you get the best heating and air conditioning service possible by asking these three questions:

Which type of air conditioning system is best for me?
The best air conditioning repair companies will perform a thorough inspection of your home to determine which type of air conditioning system is right for your home’s size and structure. For example, if you live in a small square-footage home, you won’t want to purchase an industrial-sized cooling system — and vice versa. Ask your air conditioning contractor about whether a mini-split, central AC or heat pump is best for your home.

Are there other things that should be done to accommodate my new system?
There are an incredible 85,469 heating and cooling companies scattered across the nation, but only the best air conditioning repair companies will examine your entire heating and cooling system — including your duct work, thermostat and air handler — before replacing an air conditioner. Your contractor might advise you to invest in a programmable thermostat, which can cut your heating and cooling costs by $180 per year. All extra work he or she recommends should facilitate efficient operation.

What are the warranty terms of my new system?
Lastly, find out what the manufacturer’s warranty is for your new air conditioning system. Know what this warranty covers and the period of time for which it is valid. Your contractor may be able to help you extend the manufacturer’s warranty, and ought to offer a warranty on his or her labor, as well.

Do you agree with this list? Have any other questions for us about home air conditioning repair and replacement? Ask us anything in the comments below.

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