JCJ Mechanical Contractors Inc. offers Air Conditioning Sales and Service in Toronto including, Scarborough, East York and North York.
When you have an existing air conditioning unit, you need to access how old it is before you consider replacing it. An air conditioning system in Toronto should last approximately 15 to 20 years however if your existing unit is nearing that age or over that age you must realize that with the changes in both energy ratings and efficiency ratings requirements imposed by various government agencies you might have to replace it sooner. Buyers of this equipment, manufacturers of heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) equipment sold in Canada must ensure that their products meet the requirements of Canada’s Energy Efficiency Regulations with respect to minimum energy efficiency standards, and third party verification. They should also ensure that the energy efficiency rating posted on an EnerGuide label is based on the product meeting the requirements of the Regulations. Today air conditioning units are simply put just more efficient that older units and they consume less energy so cost less to operate.
When you are looking at your air conditioning unit’s age you may not require, yet, a total replacement unit. You may require repairs instead. But if that unit is well over at even at its maximum lifespan you should consider having a replacement installed. If you do this it is not recommended that you attempt to install an air conditioning unit yourself. Yes you can do it but in some cases the manufacturers warranty is voided when the actual consumer installs it themselves. And generally an air conditioning unit carries a 10 year limited warranty on the compressor and a 5 year limited warranty on all other parts. So this is a valuable portion of the cost of the unit and you certainly don’t want that unit’s warranty voided because you installed it yourself.
Generally it is highly recommended that you choose an experienced contractor to install that replacement unit. When you are looking at contractors you do have to make sure they have the experience and knowledge in stall that unit properly. Also you really need an experienced air conditioning contractor to figure out what capacity of unit size your home requires. It is said that one of the biggest mistakes a home owner makes when deciding on a replacement unit is to insist on a unit that is too large for the space and the home.
When considering a replacement air conditioning unit you do have to consider the home square footage but if a contractor wants to sell you a replacement air conditioner and just goes by your home’s square footage find another contractor. In fact get written bids from three contractors so you can compare them before you accept that final proposal.
Besides the home’s square footage the contractor should also take into consideration the outside climate, how well the home is insulated and the condition of the windows. Loose windows allow heat leakage. Single pane windows are also inefficient and require a larger cooling unit. In some cases as a home owner you might want to consider getting double paned windows in the home and take care of any other insulation issues before you have that air conditioner replaces which would allow you to purchase a smaller unit which will be more efficient.