Every home operates best with a custom AC solution. To help you pick the best air conditioner, an Enercare Energy Management Consultant will assess your home and guide you through the process from start to finish, answering any questions you may have along the way.
Read our buyer's guide to air conditioners to learn more about the AC buying process.
How Does Enercare Make Air Conditioners Easier?
At Enercare, we believe that buying a new air conditioner should be a smooth and painless experience. The purchase process begins with an assessment of your home by an Enercare Energy Management Consultant. In the assessment, our consultant provides you with a comprehensive evaluation on your home’s cooling needs and then gives you potential solutions. After you choose an AC unit to install, our professionally licensed and insured AC installers will complete your installation in a timely and respectful manner.
Throughout this process, you’ll have peace of mind by knowing you’re choosing a provider you can depend on. Enercare services approximately 1.1 million customers and has more than 180,000 installations under our belt.
What Are the Pros/Cons of Renting vs. Buying an Air Conditioner?
While most cooling equipment looks the same, every installation is different and pricing can vary depending on many factors, such as the size and age of your home. We recognize that installing new air conditioning equipment can be an expensive investment in your home and your comfort. This is why we offer worry-free payment options.
The first option is renting your air conditioner through Enercare AdvantageTM. With our Enercare Advantage program, we will back your cooling equipment for life* and if you experience any issues with your equipment, our responsive technicians will fix the problem at no cost to you**. Some of the benefits of the Enercare Advantage include:
- Zero up-front costs** and affordable monthly payments
- No installation charges**
- Free repairs and maintenances by our licensed technicians**
- No parts and labour fees**
- No hassles, headaches or worries with peace of mind coverage
Learn more about AC rental through Enercare Advantage.
Another option is to purchase your air conditioner upfront and avoid paying monthly rental costs.
Although you will own the air conditioner, you’ll also be stuck paying for any repairs or maintenance costs the warranty doesn’t cover.
To keep your AC unit functioning in tip-top shape, we recommend your equipment gets regular maintenance and tune-ups, particularly for air conditioners older than 15 years of age, which are more prone to performance inefficiencies and frequent breakdowns.
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How Do I Know If My AC Needs Repairs or Maintenance, and Who Should I Contact?
Some telltale signs that your air conditioner may be reaching the end of its life cycle include:
- It takes too long for your house to cool down and when it finally does some rooms still aren’t comfortable
- Your AC is making unusual noises like bangs, squeaks and scrapes
- You’ve had frequent equipment breakdowns
If you recognize any of these signs, it may be time to consider replacing your older air conditioner with a new, high-efficiency model. Give us a call and we will inspect your equipment and ensure your equipment is running quickly, safely and efficiently.
Do I need to clean my ducts when installing a new AC?
Typically, duct cleaning is recommended every 3-5 years. But when you are installing new equipment, it’s a good idea to remove any dust and debris in your ventilation system to ensure optimal performance of your new cooling equipment.
With Enercare, we use state-of-the-art technology to move 25,000 cu. ft. of air per minute to clear out dust and allergens, so the air in your home is as healthy as possible.
Learn more about duct cleaning or book a cleaning appointment.
The average price range of a typical new high-efficiency central air conditioner in Ontario ranges from $3,500 to $6,000. This price includes standard installation from a fully-insured, licensed company, at least a one year warranty and all required licenses for installation.
The cost of an air conditioner is dependent on four factors:
- Environmental choices, including energy efficiency, sound output, air filtration sizes (which depend on allergies or other sensitivities), and comfort-enhancing options.
- Personal choices including extended warranties, maintenance plans and guarantees.
- Technical requirements, including the size of your home, floor plan, number of stories, existing ductwork and BTU load.
- Code requirements including safety, licensing and building code requirements.
Your air conditioner’s age is a key indicator when deciding on an AC replacement. The average lifecycle of equipment is 15 years. But age is not the only factor to consider. Other reasons you may need to replace your air conditioner include safety, frequency of breakdowns, installation quality, and improper sizing.
Every home is unique and a number of factors impact the air conditioner size needed, including the size and age of your home, air flow, how many windows you have, insulation, and specific homeowner requirements. To make sure you get the air conditioner size that best suits your needs, it’s critical to have a professional visit your home to complete an evaluation to calculate heat gain and air flow. Incorrect sizing of an air conditioner may cause a shortened life of the equipment, higher utility costs and diminished comfort because the home isn’t cooling down or dehumidifying correctly.
Yes, if you have a central air conditioner. The air conditioner works with the furnace fan to transfer cool air throughout the home. We recommend that you change or clean your furnace filter every one-to-three months.
Most central air conditioning systems are made up of two parts or what is called a split system. The outdoor unit contains a condenser coil, compressor, fan and electrical components. The indoor portion sits on top of the natural gas or propane furnace and is called the evaporator coil or “A” coil. The purpose of an air conditioner is to remove the heat and humidity from the home’s air to make it cooler.
- A central air conditioning system will start up when the attached thermostat senses that the temperature has increased above a preset level.
- The liquid refrigerant inside the evaporator coil converts to gas and as the warm humid indoor air passes over it, it absorbs the heat and removes the humidity which cools the air.
- The furnace’s blower fan then circulates the chilled air up through the home’s ductwork and out into the various living areas.
- Meanwhile, the refrigerant gas travels outside the house through a copper pipe (line set) to the compressor. The compressor pressurizes the gas and moves the refrigerant through the condenser coil. As the condenser fan pulls cool air through the condenser coil it changes the refrigerant back to liquid form thus continuing the refrigeration cycle.
- The humidity that was pulled from the air turns into condensation which is removed from the evaporator coil via the condensate drain line.
- The heated air in the home circulates through the cold air returns and back into the system to be cooled down and dehumidified again.