Is It Time to Replace Your Air Conditioner? | TF Complete

Is It Time to Replace Your Air Conditioner?

cooling system upgrade bristol county, MAThe temperatures are ever-so-gradually creeping up in Bristol, Worcester, Middlesex and Norfolk counties and other communities we serve in Massachusetts. With spring on the horizon, it’s not too early to begin thinking about your home’s cooling equipment.

If your home’s air conditioning wasn’t keeping you as cool as you’d have liked last summer — or if you’re getting a little too well acquainted with our repair team — you may want to consider an A/C replacement for the coming months. Now is an excellent time to contact the TF Complete Heating & Cooling team. We have fewer repair calls in the spring. Plus, we’ll have plenty of time to secure the perfect equipment for your needs before the temperatures get scorching.

But first, it’s worth considering whether you should take the plunge and replace your current air conditioning equipment.

Repair or Replace? That is the question.

One of the work situations you can be in as a homeowner is to have your A/C break down in the middle of summer. Before the mercury rises much more, consider these factors and decide if it’s time for an A/C upgrade.

The age of your equipment

Once your central A/C equipment is over 10 years old, it might be time to consider replacing it if it breaks down. Most manufacturers’ warranties for compressors and parts last 10 years, so before that, you can minimize the amount of money you’ll spend on repairs.

Ductless mini-split systems/heat pumps have longer lifespans, closer to the 15-20 year range. And since we’re a Mitsubishi Diamond Dealer, our mini-split systems have a warranty of 12 years!

Efficiency concerns

An air conditioner’s efficiency is measured by a rating called SEER (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio). The federal minimum SEER rating increased at the beginning of 2023 to 14-SEER in our region.

If your A/C is old, it might have a SEER as low as 10, which means you’re probably spending more money than you should to cool your home. Upgrading to a 14-SEER system will save you quite a bit on energy bills.

R-22 refrigerant

You should definitely replace your current A/C if it still uses R-22 refrigerant. This environmentally harmful refrigerant has been phased out. Replacing it — or parts for cooling equipment that uses it — has become prohibitively expensive. It’s a better idea to replace this equipment instead of repairing it.

The cost of the repairs

As time goes on, your A/C equipment will require more repairs, and those repairs will get pricier. If your system breaks down, and the repair cost is more than 50 percent of the price of a new system, you should opt for a replacement.

Tom Fricker Complete Heating & Cooling has high-efficiency cooling solutions.

At TF Complete Heating & Cooling, we handle more A/C installations than just about anyone in our service region. We install top-quality central air conditioning from Bryant and mini-splits & heat pumps from Mitsubishi Electric. We can help you identify the best system for your home. If you’re concerned about the upfront costs, we’re here to help. We can help with financing, and you may qualify for a substantial rebate through Mass Save. We also back every installation with a 100% Complete Satisfaction Guarantee.

Beat the heat before it even arrives. Contact us today for a free estimate!

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