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4 Things To Know About Replacing Your Home's Air Conditioning Unit

Most people dread having to purchase a new A/C unit because they can be quite costly, but when your current A/C ceases to work properly it's time to start shopping. Being an informed consumer will help ensure that you don't waste money and can stick to your budget. Continue reading to learn more about replacing your residential air conditioning unit:

Size Matters

Before buying a new A/C unit, it is essential to know what size your home needs. Determining the size you need can be complicated, so it is not recommended for homeowners to try to figure it out on their own. If you end up buying an air conditioning unit that is too small, it will not be able to cool your home properly. But buying a unit that is too big is problematic as well, since a unit that is too large can cool a home efficiently. Your best bet is to contact a reputable HVAC company in your area for assistance determining what size A/C unit your home needs.

Installation Isn't Included in the Cost of the Unit

Since air conditioning units can be quite expensive, many people make the mistake of assuming that the cost of installation is included. Unfortunately, in most cases, the price listed is just for the unit itself. You will need to budget extra to have your new air conditioning unit installed. Installing a new A/C system is not a DIY project-- it needs to be done by licensed HVAC technicians who are experienced in installing new air conditioning units. Installation is a big job, to the labor costs can be costly.

Understand Warranties

When you're investing a lot of money in a new air conditioning system, it is in your best interest to look for a unit with a solid warranty. The warranty will protect you financially in the event that your A/C unit needs major repairs or replacement after just a few years of use. Make sure you read the warranty and understand the terms; in some cases, you will need to schedule regular HVAC maintenance if you want to keep your warranty valid.

Look for Discounts

After seeing the price of new air conditioning units, most homeowners are searching for a way to save some money. Do some research before buying your unit-- some utility companies offer substantial rebates on the price of your A/C unit if you choose an energy efficient model. It is also possible to find tax credits from the state and federal government for buying an energy efficient model. 

For more information, you will want to contact a company such as Vets 4 You Plumbing Heating & Air.