If your air conditioning simply can’t make it through another brutal Raleigh summer, or you’re ready to make the switch from inefficient window units to the whole-home comfort of central air conditioning, we can help. Our experienced team works with homeowners across Garner, South Raleigh, and the surrounding area to help you determine if it’s time to get a replacement, what kind of system is right for your home and comfort needs, and ensure that we install your new air conditioner quickly and with minimal intrusion on your time or property.
Why Choose Us for AC Replacement & Installation?
Bowman Mechanical Services is a locally owned and operated company that’s been proudly providing quality HVAC services to Garner and installing the leading air conditioner brands, including York and American Standard. Our highest priority is doing what’s best for our customers, not what’s best for our bottom line. This means we’ll never recommend replacement if an AC repair is the better option for your home and budget and we certainly won’t cut corners on our work. Most importantly, we’ll work with you through the process, making sure you’re informed of your options and provide accurate estimates for our work.
We take pride in the quality of our products
Is It Time To Replace Your Air Conditioner?
In most situations, a repair is the better option for your air conditioner, extending its life span and reducing your costs. However, there are certain situations when it really is more cost-effective to replace rather than repair an old unit.
Most air conditioners last between 10 and 15 years so if your AC is 15 and goes out, you may want to consider replacing it rather than keeping it going with a repair. The money you’ll save in energy bills with a newer, more efficient unit will help make up the cost of replacement.
A general rule about when to replace or repair is the 5,000 rule. Take the age of the unit and multiply that by the cost of repairs, and if that number is more than 5,000, you should probably consider replacing the unit. For example, if your 10 year old air conditioner needs a $400 repair, that is 4,000, so it’s probably fine to repair it, but if that 15 year old system needs a $400 repair, it may just be time to invest in a new system.
Air conditioners have become much more energy-efficient over the past decade, and, according to Energy Star, replacing an AC that is more than 10 years old can save you up to 20 percent on your energy costs. If you’re tired of high energy bills and a system that can’t keep up with the temperature outside, we would probably recommend updating the system.
If your air conditioner needs coolant or has a coolant leak, and it takes R-22, also known as Freon, you’ll need to get a new unit. Due to environmental concerns, the EPA has phased out Freon and it is no longer made nor accessible, so adding refrigerant and repairing a leak at this point may be more expensive than a whole new unit.
What to Expect When Replacing Your Air Conditioner
If you have chosen to replace your air conditioner, we’ll do everything we can to make the experience quick and stress free. First, we’ll work with you to determine the right size and unit options to best serve your budget and comfort needs, and then we’ll set up a day and time that works with your schedule.
The average AC replacement takes between four to eight hours, though it varies depending on whether ductwork needs to be repaired or electrical wiring requires updates from an electrician. The process includes removing coolant from the old system, taking it apart, and removing the old unit, but once that is complete, our team will begin the AC installation. After we’ve finished, we’ll make sure it’s running smoothly and clean up, leaving your home exactly as we arrived, only with a new, energy efficient air conditioning system that will provide comfort for years to come!