Read This Before You Buy a New Central Air Conditioner!
So, you’re thinking about buying a new central air conditioner?
Spring and summer is the time when homeowners are forced into the hard decision between fixing their air conditioning system or replacing it with a new unit. It’s not an easy decision, but if you are weighing your options, read our repair-or-replace guide.
What to Know Before Buying a New Central Air Conditioner
Finding the Right Contractor
The biggest cause of air conditioning malfunctions is improper installation. In fact, according to ENERGY STAR, over half of all new HVAC systems are improperly installed. At the very least, this causes energy inefficiencies ("improper installation can reduce performance by as much as 30%"), at the most, it causes premature breakdowns.
When you are looking for an HVAC contractor to install your new system, make sure they are properly licensed, bonded, and insured. You can double-check your NJ contractor's license here.
Wait for the Off Season
Wait for the cooler months to buy a new air conditioner, when units are more likely to be on sale and in stock. The law of supply and demand holds for nearly every other commodity. If you wait until peak demand, you're bound to end up paying more.
HVAC units must be sized correctly for maximum comfort and energy efficiency. A clear red sign of an installation going wrong is if the technician does not inquire about or inspect the home for square footage. It is wrong to just replace the unit with a similarly sized one. If your HVAC contractor does not conduct a thorough inspection of the home, including its square footage, there is no way they can properly size your new air conditioning system.
Use this Bid Installation Checklist from ENERGY STAR to screen the HVAC contractors competing to install your new central air conditioner.
Additional Air Conditioning Replacement Tips:
- Before your HVAC contractor leaves, make sure they show you how to replace the air filter and use the thermostat (preferably a programmable one).
- Ask for all manuals an proper documentation.
- Ask additional questions before and after installation.
Call the experts at Gold Medal Service for more information on air conditioning maintenance, repairs, and replacements.
To help keep you safe and save you money, Gold Medal's Total Care Club ensures that your electrical, plumbing, and HVAC systems are completely safe and up-to-date.
Give us a call today at (732) 365-3199 or schedule an appointment online if you have any questions.