Does your air conditioner have a hard time keeping up with your home’s cooling demands? Are you tired of rising energy bills and frequent breakdowns? If so, this could be the summer for an AC replacement. This upgrade requires an investment, though the amount you to pay depends on several factors.
Learn what affects the average cost of replacing an air conditioner. Then, contact GAC Services for an estimate or to schedule services.
Air Conditioner Size
It’s important to size your new air conditioner properly. An undersized unit can’t keep up with the cooling demand on the hottest afternoons. However, an oversized unit is prone to short cycling, which wears out the system faster and reduces the ability to dehumidify your home adequately.
Our technicians take the time to size your replacement AC in case your old equipment wasn’t sized accurately in the first place. This precaution also addresses any changes you might have made to your home in the years since you bought your original system.
AC units are measured in tons. A one-ton unit can remove 12,000 British thermal units (Btus) of heat per hour, while a three-ton unit can remove 36,000 Btus. In general, larger homes need bigger air conditioners, which cost more than smaller systems.
Air Conditioner Efficiency
In Maryland (and the rest of the southern United States), the minimum Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER) for new air conditioners is 14 SEER. However, ACs are available with efficiency ratings up to 27 SEER.
In general, higher SEER ratings indicate lower energy bills. Of course, to achieve such impressive performance, high-efficiency ACs are equipped with advanced features, such as a variable-speed air handler, thermal expansion valve, automatic-delay fan switch, and more. These impressive features cost more, making high-efficiency air conditioners pricier upfront.
Many homeowners only think about the cost of upgrading the air conditioner, but you may need to replace other components as well. For instance, the blower motor may be too outdated to work with a new AC condensing unit. Your air ducts might also require work if they’re leaking cooled air into unconditioned spaces.
Of course, upgrading these components when replacing your air conditioner makes the entire system function more efficiently, but it’s still important to consider the upfront investment required.
Air Conditioner Brand
It may be tempting to purchase an air conditioner from a manufacturer you’ve never heard of, but knockoffs don’t stand the test of time. GAC Services is a Bryant® Dealer in Maryland, meaning we install and service Bryant air conditioners with factory authorized parts, so you can rest assured your system will continue to operate at peak performance for many summers to come.
At GAC Services, we recognize that replacing your AC may put a financial strain on your family. That’s why we offer our customers heating and cooling discounts to make the investment more feasible.
One of our long-standing offers is the chance for qualified buyers to finance a new HVAC system with 0% interest for 36 months. This makes replacing your underperforming AC unit a no-brainer!
In addition to affordable financing for AC replacements, we also offer other rotating promotions to help our customer save money on everything from annual maintenance to AC repair to air cleaner installation. Check out our promotions page to stay up-to-date with our latest offerings.
Schedule AC Replacement in Maryland
GAC Services hires licensed technicians to perform professional AC replacements in Montgomery, Howard, and Frederick Counties. We offer friendly, affordable service to help you keep your home comfortable this summer. We’ll even remove and properly dispose of your old AC unit, so you don’t have to!
To learn more about Bryant air conditioners, or to request an AC replacement estimate, please contact GAC Services today.