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When To Consider Replacing Your A/C Unit

Give your cooling system some attention this spring

central air service massachusettsSpring is underway in Middlesex County and Norfolk County, MA, but you probably aren’t thinking about the chances that your air conditioner could kick the bucket this summer. It’s not a pleasant thought, but if you know what to expect from your air conditioning system, you can be prepared for whatever comes your way during the heatwave we’re expecting this summer.

When is the right time to replace your air conditioner?

Air conditioners don’t last forever, even though we may wish they would! The average central air conditioner lifespan is about 10 to 15 years, with ductless air conditioners lasting a bit longer. If your air conditioner breaks towards the end of its life, there’s a good chance it may be more economical to replace your air conditioner than pay to repair it.

Of course, if your system is repairable, the trusted professionals at Needham Complete can help you make the decision that works best for your situation. Our knowledgeable technicians keep up to date on the latest equipment—and they are well versed in the problems of older systems too. Keeping you comfortable year-round is our number-one mission, whether you choose to repair or replace.

New technology can increase energy efficiency

The good news for homeowners who end up needing to replace their air-conditioning system sooner rather than later is that newer air conditioners are more energy-efficient and can help you save big on your energy bill. In other words, you can recoup the investment in a new air conditioner with utility savings!

Older model air conditioners can be a drain, in more than one way

The older an air conditioner is, the more wear and tear it shows. Another factor that comes into play with older air conditioners is the type of coolant used. Older air conditioners typically used R-22 (aka Freon) as a refrigerant to help in the cooling process, but newer technologies have replaced Freon. In fact, manufacturers stopped creating new Freon-based air conditioner over a decade ago. If your system still uses R-22, consider it on “borrowed time.” It is nearly impossible to get, and very expensive. If you wind up needing a costly repair, there is a good chance you would be better off simply upgrading your cooling system.

Air conditioner red flags to look out for

There are a few tell-tale red flags you can be on the lookout for, to let you know when your air conditioner is on its last leg, such as:

  • A big jump in your energy bill as the warmer months begin to heat up. Nowadays, it shouldn’t cost an arm and a leg to cool your home – at least, not in comparison with your heating costs.
  • A need to make costly repairs on an annual basis. If your air conditioner keeps breaking, it means it is struggling to keep up with the demand during the hottest times of the year, and you can expect it’s going to keep happening, and will only get worse.
  • If your air conditioner loses its effectiveness. This means the air conditioner is having to work harder and harder to make the temperature comfortable – and creating more wear on the system in the process.

If your air conditioner has seen better days, you can trust Needham Complete to make the replacement process painless. We’ve got you COMPLETELY covered!

A/C Installation in Middlesex and Norfolk Counties, MA

The decision to install a new air conditioning system is a smart one. Not only will your new A/C keep you cool all summer long, it will reduce your energy bills and help to mitigate the demand on our local power grid.

Installing a new heat pump like the ones offered by Needham Complete could make you eligible for generous rebates from Mass Save, and will keep you cool in the summer and warm in the winter. We install more heat pumps than just about anyone in our service area, and we provide a 100% COMPLETE Satisfaction Guarantee on every installation!

To request a free estimate on a new heat pump or central air conditioning installation in Needham, Newton, Framingham, Wellesley, Dover and nearby areas in Norfolk and Middlesex Counties, contact us today.