If you're considering updating the air conditioning system throughout your home, you may need to do work to more than just replace the actual air conditioner. There could be a lot of ventilation components that are causing your problems.
If the unit is more than a decade old, it could be reaching the end of its life or starting to have parts go bad. Ask the air conditioning repair professional about the following changes throughout your system, and the costs to update the unit.
Repair vs. Replace
What are the costs for replacement parts to fix flaws causing the air conditioner to underperform, or what would be needed to make the machine more efficient? Is the cost for labor and parts worth investing, or is the unit near the end of its life? The cost to have a new air conditioner installed may not be that much more than having the unit repaired, and it may be the best investment because it's going to last longer than a repair.
You could be losing 20-30 percent of the air that your air conditioner creates as it travels through the ducts. Sealing the outside of the ducts stops air loss prevents moisture from getting into the ducts, and it helps with heating costs. You might also want to have the ducts cleaned before they are sealed, to remove dust and other debris.
Geothermal Heat Pump
Adding a geothermal heat pump to the home is a way to replace the air conditioning unit, while choosing a more energy efficient option. If the unit doesn't need replaced yet, the geothermal heat pump can work with your current air conditioning unit. The pump will work using less energy than an air conditioner and pull heat and moisture out of the air to keep the home cool. The pump will also help heat the air if you want during the winter months.
If your air conditioner isn't working like it should be and you aren't sure if you want to fix it or not, you want to consider your other options before you invest the money. The air conditioning repair professional, like those from C B Lucas Heating & Air Conditioning, can tell you if the fix should be easy and affordable, or if it's time for you to upgrade to a newer unit. Choosing an energy efficient replacement is going to save you money in the long term, and help keep you comfortable.