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Preparing for My Dream Home

My husband and I have spent a lot of time consulting with an architect. After living in our cramped, starter home for the past 11 years, we were finally ready to make some needed changes to it. We have added an extra 600 square feet of space onto our house. Before the construction began, we finalized the plans for our new heating and air conditioning unit with our HVAC contractor. Because our home was going to be substantially bigger than it is now, we purchased a larger HVAC system. We also installed a new, digital thermostat inside my home. On this blog, I hope you will discover the best types of HVAC units to buy for mid-size homes. Enjoy!


Preparing for My Dream Home

3 Things To Know About Your Current Air Conditioner

by Rita Richardson

Your air conditioning system is most likely something that you don't give much thought to until it stops working. In many parts of the country, going without air conditioning can be incredibly uncomfortable and in some cases even dangerous. For this reason, it's important to care for and maintain your system properly. Just paying a little attention to your air conditioner can mean staying cool when temperatures start to rise. Here are three things that you should know about your air conditioning system.

It's Age

When it comes to air conditioning systems, age is important. Over time your air conditioner will start to become less efficient and will begin to require repair. Even well-maintained systems are not immune to the impacts of aging and use over the course of many years. Knowing how old your system is will help you estimate when repair or replacement may be needed. Most air conditioners last between 15 and 20 years. If your system is nearing the 15-year mark, it may be time to start saving for a replacement. It's also a good time to be on alert for signs that your system is losing efficiency.

It's Maintenance Schedule

No matter how old your system is, maintenance is key at any point. Knowing your air conditioner's maintenance schedule is very important. Things like filter replacement and other key tasks will keep your system running well for as long as possible. Regular maintenance done by a professional is typically recommended once per year and ranges in cost between $70 and $100. Typically air conditioning services include replacing the filters, cleaning the evaporator and condenser coils, cleaning clogged drains, combing coil fins, and making sure that the system is running as well as possible.

The Cost of Repair and Replacement

Another thing to consider when it comes to your air conditioner is how much repairs and replacement will cost. The cost of repairs will vary depending on what components are broken. On average air conditioning repair costs between $163 and $533. Repairs on the weekend or after hour repairs will typically be more expensive. The cost to replace your air conditioning system will vary depending on the size of your home and the type of air conditioning installation being done. Typically replacement will cost somewhere between $3,745 and $7,221.

When it comes to your air conditioning system, there are a few things that you should be aware of. First, it's important to know how old your system is. Most systems last between 15 and 20 years. The better you maintain your system, the longer it will last.

Knowing the maintenance schedule is also key. Eventually, repairs and replacement will be needed. Having an idea of how much these could cost can help you prepare for these future expenses. For more information, contact an HVAC contractor who offers air conditioning repair services.