When to replace your AC?

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Sometimes it can be difficult to choose between a major repair or an entirely new system. With the help of Energy Star, we have put together this checklist of things to consider whenever you are faced with this choice. time to consider replacing heating and cooling equipment, or improving the performance of your overall system. It may be time to call a professional contractor to help you make a change if:

Your heat pump or air conditioner is more than 10 years old.

Consider replacing it with a unit that has earned the ENERGY STAR label. Even if your current system is running, modern high-efficiency units like the American Standard Platinum Series can save up to 60 percent on cooling costs and lower your carbon footprint.

Your equipment needs frequent repairs and your energy bills are going up.

Energy costs are rising and your old system is becoming less efficient as it ages. Even the most efficient cooling systems from 10 years ago can consume nearly double the energy of a modern system.  If your ac system needs repairs or freon added often it is most likely in need of replacement due to age or improper maintenance.

Some rooms in your home are too hot or too cold.

Improper equipment operation, duct problems or inadequate insulation could be the cause.  House Pro addresses these problems by performing advanced tests known as Manual D and Manual J load tests.

No one is home for long periods of the day and you do not have a programmable thermostat.

Install a programmable thermostat or have a good contractor install one and instruct you on its use — to start saving energy and money while they’re away or sleeping.

Your home has humidity problems.

In Houston, the humidity can be worse than the heat.  Poor equipment operation, inadequate equipment, and leaky ductwork can cause the air to be too humid in the summer, creating lower indoor air quality for your family and making it more difficult to stay comfortable.

Your home has excessive dust.

Leaky ducts can pull particles and air from attics, crawl spaces and basements and distribute them throughout your house. Sealing or replacing your ducts may be a solution.

Your heating or cooling system is noisy.

You could have an undersized duct system or a problem with the indoor coil of your cooling equipment.