AC Replacement

AC Replacement

AC Replacement. With rising energy bills, inconsistent temperatures, and other factors at play, property owners need to stay ahead when it comes to their HVAC systems. AC replacement shouldn’t be a last-minute decision–at SmartHouse, we’ll guide you through the entire process, helping you find the unit that will save you money and improve your efficiency. You can reach out to us now at 314-648-3162, text us at 314-310-2242, or schedule an appointment online to learn more about replacing your air conditioning unit and staying cool during the warmer months.

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AC Replacement, Repair, & Maintenance in St. Louis

The difference between needing to replace your AC system or choosing to is a big decision. Let’s talk about both:

Do You Need to Replace Your AC System?

You may be obligated to replace an AC unit if you’ve seen an increase in cost and decrease in airflow and efficiency. Units that may have not been maintained properly could have systemic internal issues where repairs are no longer financially feasible. Additionally, older units often struggle to meet modern energy efficiency standards, leading to higher utility bills and inconsistent cooling performance.

Why Would You Choose to Replace an AC System?

A system that is even moderately maintained may benefit from something as simple as a new drain line, thermostat, or other mechanical fixes that can prolong its functionality. Property owners may choose to replace an AC unit if they are performing other updates on a home and want to consider long-term gains and efficiency over time while taking advantage of tax credits and rebates. Upgrading to a newer, more efficient model can also enhance indoor air quality, provide better humidity control, and reduce the overall environmental impact of your home.

Common Reasons to Replace HVAC Systems

There are several signs that point to needing (or choosing) a new, more convenient and efficient AC system. A lot of these can be prevented with standard AC maintenance and servicing. See below for details:

  • Increased Energy Bills: If you find yourself spending more than usual on utility bills, this may be a sign that your central air unit is due for replacement. AC units lose their efficiency over time (usually 15-20 years if well-maintained). Upgrading to a newer unit can save you on monthly expenses, provide better air control, and ensure your AC doesn’t break down in the middle of a hot day.
  • Repair Costs: When the cost of air conditioning repairs and maintenance starts to outweigh the cost of installing a new unit or a heat pump, it might be time to contact one of our technicians.
  • Inconsistent Temperatures: Even after checking your vents, toggling the blowing fan, and looking for any leaks in the ductwork, a good sign that it’s time for AC replacement is if you can’t keep a stable temperature in your home or building. If your thermostat is even five degrees off, that can lead to more energy expenditure and roll into additional expenses.
  • Strange Noises or Smells: Foul odors might mean mold or mildew in the drainage system or elsewhere. Sounds you should listen for would be bangs or any unusual grinding noises that might point to mechanical problems.
  • Humidity: Part of an AC’s functionality is to control the humidity levels in your home. An older unit or single-stage system may be unable to keep up with your home’s humidity levels and balanced heating and cooling. If the humidity problem persists after checking for leaks in your attic, windows, and doors, it may be time to replace your AC and call SmartHouse to learn more about whole-home dehumidifiers.

The most common reasons an AC unit isn’t performing correctly are dirty air filters, a blocked condenser, a refrigerant leak, ducts that aren’t properly insulated, or your unit has just aged out. Some units might not have the power to cool your home based on its square footage and how often doors and windows are open.

The most proactive thing you can do is get seasonal HVAC maintenance to make sure your systems are operating correctly at optimal levels. You don’t want to be caught in the middle of summer with a malfunctioning air conditioner.

Choosing the Right Cooling System for Your Home

There are two product categories when you’re looking for an AC solution:

  • Central AC Units: Common in most homes, central AC is effective for whole-house cooling via ducts that are already built into the walls and ceilings. Central units tend to use the most amount of energy and come with a higher price tag than other systems. Most homeowners will take advantage of existing ducts and will need to choose between an AC unit or a ducted heat pump.
  • Heat Pumps: Known for energy savings over time, heat pumps provide both heating and cooling. With the benefits of zone control, tax credits, and expert installation with our team, heat pumps exchange cold and warm air based on a home’s temperature. Heat pumps can be incorporated into an existing duct system and are generally more efficient in moderate climates. Notably, cold climate heat pumps are reliable for heating homes in -5 degree climates with back-up electric heat in even lower temperatures.

Different systems might have wi-fi or remote capabilities that tie into smart thermostats for convenient access. It’s important to do your research to decide which system is best for your home. EnergyGuide labels are a good way to understand energy estimates for most products. This includes boilers, ceiling fans, central air conditioners, heat pumps, televisions, and others. EnergyGuide is a good starting point for those shopping for different HVAC units. Also keep an eye out for Energy Star-rated products.

Our team at SmartHouse in St. Louis is here to help you determine which AC replacement solution is best for your home.

What is SEER2?

SEER stands for Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio and is a measure of the cooling efficiency of an air conditioning system over an entire cooling season. SEER2 is an updated energy standard for AC systems and factors in power cycling under certain environmental constraints. The rating system helps homeowners determine cost savings, environmental impacts, and ensure regulatory compliance that factor into AC replacement.

AC Replacement Cost Considerations

The government has a number of tax incentives for replacing central AC units, upgrading to high-efficiency AC units, and converting to heat pumps. Learn more about potential savings on our blog and financial incentives for switching to a heat pump.

Utility companies like Ameren and Spire offer rebates for installing or upgrading to energy efficient HVAC systems. Between tax incentives, rebates, and long-term energy savings, AC replacement becomes a much more manageable expense.

Why Choose SmartHouse for AC Replacement in St. Louis?

AC replacement doesn’t need to be a hassle. Our team of project managers will make recommendations for the right system and solution for our qualified technicians that understand how to install and maintain them. We will file rebates with utility companies and manufacturers, let you know about other tax incentives, and carry out our work in a timely, professional manner.

SmartHouse’s technicians are licensed, factory-trained, and NATE certified. We’re proud to have the best air conditioning and HVAC experts on staff and are here to deliver the service you need. Call SmartHouse today at 314-370-1816, text us at 314-310-2242, or contact us online for additional information about AC replacement.

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