Air Conditioner Replacement and Air Conditioning Installation for the Greater Louisville Area
At some point, air conditioners reach their final days – when this time arrives, repairs don’t make financial sense any longer and homeowners are better off choosing air conditioning replacement. Since air conditioners do not have expiration dates, pinning down this point becomes tricky.
The NATE-certified HVAC professionals of Jarboe’s Plumbing, Heating & Cooling do our best to help Louisville homeowners make smart choices when it comes to air conditioning repair versus air conditioning replacement. If you believe a new air conditioner is in your future, contact us for a free estimate – we are happy to review your current system, make repair recommendations, help you evaluate the costs and benefits of each option, and guide you through the equipment selection process if you do decide to upgrade your cooling system.
Air Conditioner Repair vs. Air Conditioning Replacement
Purchasing a new air conditioner comes at a significant cost to many Louisville homeowners. You want to be sure you’re spending money wisely, which means you don’t want to replace your current central air conditioning system well before its time is up. However, you don’t want to waste money repairing a dying system when you could put that money toward a new one. Decisions, decisions.
Luckily, Louisville homeowners have Jarboe’s Plumbing, Heating & Cooling on their sides. We’re here to help you make the best decision for your situation – we put our expert knowledge to work for you. When examining your situation, consider the following factors that typically steer homeowners toward air conditioning installation over making repairs.
Current air conditioner over 15 years old
In the Kentucky climate, most air conditioning units only offer around 15 years of service life. So, if your current air conditioner is 15 years or older, paired with performance or efficiency issues, it’s wise to replace the system. With a new unit, you see a big jump in efficiency compared to systems this old, which really generates savings on your electric bills.
Current AC unit lacks efficiency
Whether your existing air conditioner started out at a lower energy efficiency level or became that way over time, an inefficiency air conditioner just doesn’t cut it in today’s world. Your air conditioner could be costing you quite a lot of money, wasting a significant portion of the energy it consumes to cool your home.
New air conditioners have a SEER rating of 13 or higher – air conditioners manufactured 15 years ago were not held to such a high standard regarding energy efficiency. Plus, units lose efficiency over time, so whatever rating your 15-year-old air conditioner started at probably isn’t what it delivers today. When you upgrade with air conditioner replacement, you know exactly what to expect efficiency-wise and see the results of that higher SEER rating on your electric bills.
Expensive repairs are needed
For most, it doesn’t make sense to pour money into repairs for an air conditioner that needs to be replaced soon – especially when the needed repairs come with a hefty price tag. In this situation, we recommend you consider the “5,000 rule”:
- Multiply the age of your air conditioner by the cost of repairs.
- If the result is lower than $5,000, repairs may be appropriate.
- If the result is over $5,000, dedicate that money toward air conditioning installation.
Or, ask our Comfort Consultants for a free estimate on a new central air conditioner. If the cost of repairs is more than half the cost of the newly proposed system, choose air conditioner replacement.
Frequent repairs are needed
The cost of repairs isn’t the only factor to consider when determining whether or not to repair your older central air conditioning system. How frequently your unit requires repairs gives another important clue.
Air conditioners suffer more malfunctions in their final few years of service. If you have called us for repairs more than usual over the last few cooling seasons, that is a big red flag that system failure could be looming just around the corner.
Selecting a New Air Conditioner
Louisville homeowners have abundant options when shopping for air conditioner replacements. Jarboe’s Plumbing, Heating & Cooling offers quality cooling equipment manufactured by Carrier, an industry-leading brand. As a Factory Authorized Dealer, our team is highly trained regarding the specifics of this equipment and are able to help you explore your options in detail. With a number of different types of cooling equipment and several models in their product line, together we are sure to find a new Carrier central air conditioning system that meets your needs and budget.
How much does air conditioning installation cost?
Cost is a major factor at play in air conditioning replacement – we understand! Most homeowners want to have a ballpark idea of the cost early on. We’re honest when we say the only way to find an accurate cost for air conditioner installation in your home is to have us perform a free estimate.
So many factors come into play in pricing for air conditioner installation. Cooling equipment has many variables that affect its price – capacity, efficiency ratings, features. Specifics of your home may add expense, if improvements are required to facilitate installation. Plus, we need to determine the home’s cooling load to know the right capacity unit for your space, which needs to be done in person.
Air conditioner installation ranges in the thousands of dollars, from a few thousand to around $10,000, depending on all those specifics. Call us today to request a free estimate so we can provide you with a more accurate price for your project.
Central Air Conditioning System Options
Air conditioning isn’t one size fits all – Jarboe’s Plumbing, Heating & Cooling offers many types of central air conditioning systems for you to choose from. Air conditioner replacement isn’t limited to a new system of the same type you had before – you may choose to install a different type of unit for the features and benefits offered.
Air conditioners are split systems, meaning they have indoor and outdoor components. This is the type of cooling system people are most familiar with – an outdoor condensing unit and indoor air handling unit.
Air conditioners work by moving heat out of the home to lower temperatures inside. The evaporator coil pulls heat out of the indoor air, and this energy is transferred outdoors by refrigerant. There, it is released into the surrounding air by the condenser coil.
Heat pump systems are easy to confuse with air conditioners, because they look very similar with a split system setup. A heat pump system has an outdoor heat pump unit and an indoor air handler. For cooling, they function in the same way that air conditioners do.
What is special about a heat pump is that it also offers heating! The system reverses to extract heat from outdoors, piping it inside to heat indoor air. Compared to furnaces, heat pumps are more efficient in most conditions.
An air handler is the indoor component of a split system. It contains the blower, which circulates air throughout the home, as well as the evaporator coil. Some also contain heat strips for backup heat when paired with a heat pump.
Air handlers look much like a gas furnace. They’re typically installed in a home’s basement, garage, attic, or utility room.
Ductless cooling units also combine outdoor units with indoor units, but they’re a little different. Either an air conditioner or heat pump is used outdoors. The outdoor component links to air handlers indoors – there is a dedicated air handler installed in each area of the home, responsible for sending conditioned air directly into that zone. This is unlike typical air conditioners and heat pumps that use ducts to distribute air.
Without ducts, ductless air conditioning offers some advantages. First, energy loss through duct leaks is eliminated for higher system efficiency. Without the need for ducts, a ductless system offers flexibility for use in areas not linked to the home’s central air conditioning system, such as new additions, newly finished basements, garages, and other areas where ac unit in window equipment has been used.
Geothermal Heat Pumps
Geothermal heat pumps are highly efficient, using natural energy for heating and cooling. Instead of dispersing heat into the outdoor air to cool down the home, heat is deposited below ground. When heating is needed, energy is pulled from below ground and used to bring up temperatures indoors.
These systems offer efficiencies up to 500 percent and use very little electricity to operate. However, installation can be expensive because a ground loop component is required to utilize this technology.
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