The federal government recommends that homeowners replace air conditioner units that are more than 10 years old. The main reason for this, according to the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection Agency is “ENERGY STAR qualified air conditioners and heat pumps offer significant long-term energy savings.” Replacing central air conditioning units 10 years or older can save at least 20 percent on A/C energy use.

Below, you will find more tips to consider before replacing central air conditioner and heat pump units.

  1. Up-front cost vs. long term savings
  2. Rebates, discounts, special financing and other incentives that can assist in your purchase
  3. The dependability and brand reputation of the air conditioner or heat pump

Is It Time to Replace Your Unit?

Use the check list below that outlines when and why you may need to replace your A/C or heat pump unit.

  1. Your unit is more than 10 years old: Older units cost more to operate and tend to lose capacity with wear.
  2. Your air conditioner or heat pump needs frequent repairs and energy bills are going up: As systems age they become less reliable.
  3. Your air conditioner or heat pump is noisy: Noise can be a sign of wear and tear and left unattended can lead to major equipment failure.

Pay Yourself Back

Upfront costs for your new, energy efficient air conditioner are offset over time by the energy savings you will see if you choose a high-SEER unit. This payback period (the period of time it takes before a consumer recoups, through lower utility bills, the price increase of the more efficient units) can be trimmed down with government or manufacturer rebate programs. Some manufacturers offer incentives, such as Trane’s consumer rebate and financing plans which awards up to $1,250 in rebates to consumers who purchase and install a new Trane XL heating and cooling system in their home—the better the system, the bigger the rebate.

Look for Energy Efficiency

SEER (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio) is an indicator of how efficient your unit will be. The higher the number, the more efficient the unit and the lower the operating cost. So, it is advisable to shop around for high-SEER units. It’s pretty simple: to save money, replace air conditioner units and heat pumps with a durable, trusted brand like Trane which have high SEER ratings, lower operational and energy costs, and rebates. At Service Today, We are a Trane Comfort Specialist and ready to serve your heating and air conditioning needs.