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Cooling System Replacement in the Cincinnati, Ohio Area

An air conditioning system in a Cincinnati area home can last for many years, when cared for properly. Over the years spent in the home, most homeowners eventually face the need to remove an old cooling system or air conditioning unit HVAC systems and complete air conditioner replacement. Reasons for replacing the current air conditioning system vary, from tiring of making frequent repairs to searching for a way to avoid rising cooling costs and a higher energy bill.

Thomas & Galbraith Heating, Cooling & Plumbing completes air conditioner installation and replacement of current system air conditioning units for homeowners across the Cincinnati area. Work with our Comfort Consultants to explore more equipment options and find the right new air handler, heat pump, or new air conditioner for your family. Every new air conditioner is installed by our NATE-certified HVAC technicians to ensure the new HVAC unit will offer the exact energy efficiency and seasonal energy efficiency ratio you expect.

When you replace your air conditioner, you can enjoy higher system efficiency, lower energy bills, and more reliable conditioned air for your cooling needs. Any heating and cooling system will lose efficiency as mechanical parts become burdened by wear, making the SEER rating of the air conditioning system inaccurate for its actual operating energy efficiency. Installing a replacement air conditioner that is sized correctly for your home’s square foot area and other factors will offer more energy efficient performance to keep your energy cost low.

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Estimates for New Air Conditioners in Cincinnati, OH

Thomas & Galbraith Heating, Cooling & Plumbing has assisted Cincinnati area homeowners in replacing inefficient, underperforming HVAC systems for the past 40 years. If your AC unit, heat pump, air handler, or ductless existing system is no longer able to deliver the cooling needed according to your load calculation, a new HVAC system may be the answer you need.

While HVAC replacement cost is a significant investment for a majority of homeowners, the savings generated through replacement are extremely valuable. A new unit lowers how much energy usage is needed to properly cool your home so you can save money as your new system works to cool your home. Thomas & Galbraith’s HVAC contractors size your new AC system to ensure its capable of providing the air conditioning needed for comfort in all living areas.

There are many cost factors that make up the final price of new HVAC system replacement. SEER rating and capacity as well as special features will impact the total cost of various AC unit equipment. Additional cost elements that may be necessary when installing new air conditioning systems are repairs to the home’s existing ductwork or the installation of programmable thermostats for more energy efficient operation of new air conditioners. We are a Carrier Factory Authorized dealer with a fantastic selection of new heat pumps, air handlers, air conditioners, and furnaces, as well as geothermal HVAC unit options that will surely meet your cooling demands while fitting within your budget.

Repair vs. Replace Your Air Conditioning Older Systems

A new cooling system is practically guaranteed to be a necessity at some point during your journey as a homeowner. When older systems begin to show their age, many people battle with the decision to make repairs to the existing system or go ahead and choose a new air conditioning unit. Any air conditioning replacement is a substantial job that requires a substantial financial investment, so homeowners don’t typically make this decision lightly.

Getting the most value out of your current HVAC unit air conditioning and heating system before replacement is important to Cincinnati homeowners. However, you don’t want to keep the current HVAC equipment for too long, or you could face a major issue when it finally fails for good. Maximizing value yet completing replacement of a new cooling system ahead of a breakdown will help you avoid discomfort and a potentially long wait for cooling. Here are a few factors to consider as you decide the right time to invest in a new heat pump or air conditioner.

1. Life Expectancy of Cooling Systems

All cooling systems have an average life expectancy that can be used to help homeowners determine when to upgrade the home’s cooling and heating system.

  • 10 to 15 years for conventional central air conditioners
  • 10 to 12 years for central heat pumps and air handlers
  • 20 years for geothermal heat pumps
  • 10 to 30 years for ductless HVAC systems
  • 15 to 20 years for gas furnace heating
  • 20 to 30 years for electric furnace heating models

Unfortunately, this life expectancy is just an average and not a hard expiration date for the various types of heating and cooling units. The number of years any heating system or air conditioning system will actually last is impacted by a few factors, namely usage habits, maintenance services, and air quality in the home.

Whether you have an AC unit repair situation on your hands or are simply curious if now is the right time to explore your new air conditioner replacement options, taking a look at the age of the current unit is helpful. If your cooling unit or heating system is within or beyond the estimated age range, it’s recommended you make plans for a new system as soon as possible.

2. Repair Costs and Concerns

When you have an older heating and cooling unit on your hands, the cost and frequency of repair needs are certainly an important element in any decision to buy a new AC unit. For an older or new system alike, the occasional minor repair typically isn’t something to worry about. When your system suffers more frequent repairs and the cost of repairs is substantial, that’s when you’ll want to explore if it’s the right time to invest in a new air conditioning system.

HVAC contractors often share the 5,000 rule to customers who want to run the numbers on a repair versus replacement AC unit decision before they choose where to spend their money. Find the age of your existing air conditioner or heat pump and multiply it by the cost of the needed repair work – if the total is more than $5,000, replacement is typically the best choice and you should start looking for a new AC unit.

If the total is under $5,000, you’ll want to put some more thought into this comparison. If your system is older and repair costs are still high, repairs may not be worth it to you. Even if you have a newer AC unit, if the unit is out of warranty and repairs have a high cost, system replacement could reup the warranty protection you depend on to avoid such high repair costs.

In addition to the cost of repairs your unit needs, look at how often you’re needing to repair the unit. Breakdowns and system malfunctions occur more often towards the end of a unit’s service life. If your heating and cooling unit has been repaired more often over the last year or two than ever before, you should replace your existing equipment with a new HVAC system to ensure your cooling needs continue to be met without interruption.

3. HVAC System Efficiency and Heating and Cooling Costs

Your current air conditioner or heat pump HVAC system has a SEER rating which explains the energy usage of the system and how energy efficient the unit is. With older units, the actual efficiency is likely nowhere near the rating given to the system when it was new. As the system loses energy efficiency throughout the years, your energy bills and energy usage inevitably increase, creating higher heating and cooling costs for you.

Choosing to install a new unit means less energy will be needed to cool the square foot area of your living spaces. You can maximize the efficiency of any air conditioner or heat pump by also replacing the indoor air handler or furnace simultaneously. Replacement of the indoor furnace or air handler at the same time as the outdoor air conditioning or heat pump unit creates what we call a matched system. In a matched system, both parts of the split system are designed to help each other operate using less energy so energy bills are as low as possible ongoing. Installing a geothermal heating and cooling system to replace other types of HVAC systems can provide even more energy savings and may qualify you to receive tax credits that further increase your financial savings.

How do you know if your system is using more energy that necessary? If your home isn’t staying as cool as it once was, it’s highly likely that the air conditioner or heat pump is drawing excess energy as it stresses to get its job done. Wear and tear continue to mount, leading to the need for electrical work and other repairs to restore proper performance. If comfort has steadily declined inside your home, it’s a sign that you may want to go ahead and replace your HVAC system.

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