With proper maintenance, your air conditioner can run for 15 years or greater. But even the best maintained air conditioner will need to be replaced eventually.

When you’re beginning to plan for air conditioning installation in Manassas, we are aware that the expense is number one on your list of questions. The good news is that getting a new air conditioner could be more economical than you are aware, because of rebates, our special offers and financing for qualified customers. You’ll also receive improved energy efficiency, which will usually pay off over its life span through lower utility bills.

Here’s what to anticipate when you’re getting a new air conditioner.

When to Consider Replacing Your Air Conditioner

Knowing when to repair or replace your air conditioner can be difficult. Here’s what our professionals advise.

Replace

  • Your air conditioner is older than 10 years old. While some may run longer, many air conditioners run for around 15 years with annual maintenance. We recommend planning for air conditioning replacement close to the 10-year age. Even if you replace it when it’s only a decade old, the U.S. Department of Energy says this swap could save you 20-40% on cooling expenses.
  • You’ve neglected regular maintenance for too long. Similar to a car, your cooling system requires annual air conditioning maintenance. Skipping this crucial service can result in lower efficiency, more frequent repairs and even a shorter life span.
  • Your air conditioner has to have frequent or costly repairs. Needing air conditioning repair is usually the result of skipping maintenance But as your air conditioner gets older it’s more likely to suffer a major malfunction. When repairs are more than half the cost of a new air conditioner, we recommend getting a new one.
  • Your home is uncomfortable. If your residence feels too sticky or you’re dealing with hot and cold spots in given rooms, your air conditioner might be having difficulty keeping up. This is a clue it’s time to replace it.
  • Your energy bills are high. Your air conditioner becomes less efficient as it ages. As a consequence, it might need to work more repeatedly or longer to keep your home at your desired temp. Newer air conditioners have the latest energy-efficient technology to keep your house comfortable and cooling expenses low.
  • Your air conditioner runs on R-22 refrigerant. If your air conditioner was replaced before 2010, there’s a decent chance it has Freon. Also known as R-22, this refrigerant is no longer being manufactured due to its bad effects on the environment. You can keep using your air conditioner, but if it were to develop a refrigerant leak, solving that would be very expensive. This is since R-22 is only available in limited, recycled portions.

Repair

  1. Your air conditioner is less than 10 years old. If your air conditioner is newer, it’s smartest to repair it.
  2. Repairs are infrequent or inexpensive. The wisest way to avoid emergency repairs is to have annual maintenance completed. But when repairs are only needed every so often or are economical, repair your air conditioner.
  3. Your air conditioner is under warranty. Most air conditioners include a 5- to 10-year limited warranty that often covers the compressor. Your exact warranty length is up to your manufacturer, but it gives valuable protection in the event of a big failure. If your air conditioner is protected by warranty, we recommend fixing it.

General Estimate of Air Conditioner Cost

Many homeowners spend around $4,631 on a new air conditioner, according to national averages compiled by HomeGuide. Air conditioner cost averages often range from $3,350 to $5,912, but your total cost {might|could|may] be different.

There are several aspects that impact your total cost, like:

  • The air conditioner model you install, because more energy-efficient ones are more expensive.
  • The size your home needs.
  • If you need to replace your ductwork, which can be required if your ductwork is dated or separated.

We offer free estimates at Woody's Sudden Service so you can be sure you’re getting a great deal. And with our complete range of air conditioners, there’s an energy-efficient model that fits just about any budget.

Air Conditioner Sizing

Air conditioner size is essential. A system that’s undersized won’t be able to keep your home cool. And one that’s too big could turn on and off too many times, or short cycle. This act can drive up your cooling expenses and wear your air conditioner out more quickly. This may also cause temperature variability and make your home feel less cool.

At Woody's Sudden Service, our techs have many years of experience in correctly sizing and installing the right air conditioner for your residence. The ideal size depends on how big your home is, plus several other factors. Some of the most typical sizes include:

  • 2 ton, which cools up to 1,000 square feet
  • 3 ton, which cools up to 1,600 square feet
  • 4 ton, which cools up to 1,900 square feet
  • 5 ton, which cools more than 2,000 square feet

Other considerations that can affect air conditioner size are:

  • The temperatures in Manassas.
  • Ductwork quality and age.
  • How many windows you have and the style, because large or picture windows might be less efficient.
  • If your house gets more sun or shade.
  • Insulation quality and concentration.
  • How many people are in your household.

Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratings

Your air conditioner’s efficiency is linked to its SEER, or Seasonal Energy Efficiency Rating. This rating measures how well it uses electricity to create cooling. The greater the number, the more efficient the air conditioner is.

When you’re getting a new air conditioner, it’s essential to know:

  • Old air conditioners are ranked around 8-9 SEER.
  • Modern air conditioners start at 13 SEER. Ones installed in the southwest and southeast must be at least 14 SEER due to U.S. Department of Energy regulations. As of 2017, these SEER rating requirements have saved homeowners trillions of dollars.
  • ENERGY STAR®-certified air conditioners begin at 14.5 SEER.
  • Higher SEER-rated air conditioners include more features to help you save more. These features may involve variable-speed cooling. Instead of going at 100% constantly, these air conditioners can reduce blower speeds customized for your cooling needs. This results in quieter and more energy-efficient air conditioning. While an air conditioner with a greater SEER rating is usually pricier, it could be eligible for more rebates. And the energy savings over its lifetime may help it pay for itself.

Request a Free Quote for Your Air Conditioning Installation with Woody's Sudden Service Now

When you’re preparing for air conditioning replacement, the company who puts it in is just as essential as the model you go with. Woody's Sudden Service is one of the most trusted names for air conditioning installation in Manassas. From helping you choose the right solution for your home to discussing financing options to professional installation, working with our pros is a breeze. Reach us at 703-278-2036 to get started now!