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The central air conditioning system in your home is an integral part of your comfort level. The average lifespan for a central AC unit is typically 10 to 15 years. Interestingly, many homeowners wait a lot longer than that before worrying about a replacement. If you find that your air conditioner is struggling to keep your home cool or is contributing to higher energy costs, it may be time for a change.

At Sunset Heating & Cooling, we are your reliable air conditioning service company. Contact us today to learn more about our AC installation and replacement services.

Want to keep your air conditioner working a bit longer? Be sure to schedule an inspection and AC repair services with our staff, and enjoy another season of cool air.

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    How to Know When to Replace Your Air Conditioner?

    In every homeowner’s life, there is going to come a time when you have to say goodbye to your central air conditioner. Whether from age, damage, or poor maintenance, replacement is inevitable.

    In general, if your system is at least three-quarters of the way through its life span and the cost to repair is at least half of the cost of a new unit, financially it makes sense to have a new system installed.

    There are some other signals to indicate it’s time to purchase a new AC system such as:

    • You have frequent repairs
    • The unit no longer cools the space as it once did
    • Your energy costs have increased
    • Your system is outdated
    • The system has an odd smell, makes odd noises, or causes excess moisture

    The air conditioner in your Portland, OR home is an essential component of your daily life. More often than not, the warning signs and effects of a damaged until will be noticeable almost immediately.

    The Benefits of a New AC

    While opting for a new central AC installation can seem daunting, it offers plenty of benefits as well. When working with our AC contractors for your installation project, you should expect changes including:

    • Lower Energy Costs: By installing an air conditioner that’s newer and properly sized for your home, you’ll see a reduction in energy costs without any compromise in performance or cooling power.
    • Improved Indoor Climate Control: With a new air conditioner comes improved performance. This can include more consistent temperatures and stronger airflow throughout your home.
    • Longer Appliance Lifespan: Modern central air conditioners are built to last, meaning your new unit will easily make that 10 to 15-year mark with proper care and maintenance.
    • Fewer Repairs: A major reason homeowners opt for replacements is because of ongoing repair issues. By opting for a long-term solution, you’ll see fewer repairs and better comfort.

    Regardless of the reason for your air conditioning replacement, you can count on Sunset Heating & Cooling to get the job done to the highest standard possible. We offer upfront pricing, friendly staff, and peace of mind with every service.

    Having trouble with your AC system? Contact us today for quality service!

    How Long Do Air Conditioners Last?

    This is a common question we get from Portland homeowners researching new AC installations. And for good reason – knowing your system’s life expectancy is crucial for budgeting and deciding when to pursue a replacement. The answer involves several factors, but here’s a general overview:

    Manufacturing Quality

    Not all air conditioning units are created equal. Well-made, properly installed systems from reputable brands like Daikin and Ruud that Sunset carries generally deliver longer performance lifespans in the 15- 25-year range. Cheaper, builder-grade units may only last 8-12 years.

    Professional Installation

    Even the finest AC units won’t achieve their full potential lifespan if installed incorrectly. Sunset’s certified technicians follow strict manufacturer guidelines and best practices to ensure optimal performance and efficiency from day one.

    Preventative Maintenance

    Think of routine AC tune-ups like utility medicare physicals. Our comprehensive inspections and services allow Sunset to catch small issues before they snowball into costlier breakdowns that shorten system life.

    Operating Conditions

    Portland’s mild, dry summers are relatively easy on cooling systems compared to scorching desert regions. But factors like shaded/unshaded locations, attic ventilation, and humidity levels still impact strain.

    Of course, no air conditioner lasts forever. If yours is over 15 years old and struggling through each summer, odds are the investment in a new, ENERGY STAR-rated replacement from Sunset makes financial sense in both upfront costs and monthly savings in lowered energy bills.

    While age gets the final say, routine care from Portland’s professional cooling experts at Sunset Heating & Cooling can optimize your AC system for many comfortable, efficient seasons to come. Just let us know how we can help extend your investment!

    How To Choose An Air Conditioner in Portland?

    With Portland’s relatively mild summers, investing in the right sized and styled air conditioning system is key to maximizing home comfort and energy savings. As the area’s cooling experts for nearly a century, Sunset Heating & Cooling has the know-how to perfectly match any home with its ideal AC setup.

    Size Matters

    Having a unit that’s too small or too large for your square footage leads to inefficient cooling, sky-high utility costs, and even premature system failures. That’s why our certified techs perform precise calculations factoring air volume, insulation levels, window exposures, and more. Proper sizing from the start is crucial.

    AC Styles

    For most Portland homes, we typically recommend one of two efficient styles:

    Central Air – These robust split systems feature indoor and outdoor units joined by refrigerant lines and ductwork for whole-home cooling power.

    Ductless Mini-Splits – Ideal for homes without existing ductwork, these compact units can be zoned for customized cooling in different areas.

    Two-Stage Compressors

    Rather than running at full blast constantly, two-stage compressors operate at lower capacities most of the time. This allows for more consistent, energy-saving temperature and dehumidification control.

    Variable Speeds

    Similar concept, but with fans and compressors capable of incrementally ramping up and down speeds to perfectly meet current cooling demands. Results in supreme efficiency and air circulation.

    Smart Features

    Why shouldn’t your AC unit be as cutting-edge as your smartphone? Look for Wi-Fi capabilities that allow custom scheduling, remote operation, voice commands, and real-time system reports.

    Brands & SEER Ratings

    Sunset only installs premium, highly-rated products from trusted brands like Daikin and Ruud. We expertly match SEER ratings to Portland climate conditions for maximized cost-saving efficiency.

    From load calculations to brand comparisons, expert sizing, smart features, and professional installations count on Sunset’s time-tested approach! We’ll ensure you receive the perfect air conditioning investment for your Portland home.

    How Much Does An Air Conditioning Unit Installation Cost in Portland?

    As with most home improvements, there’s no one-size-fits-all answer that covers every situation. However, Sunset Heating & Cooling can provide some general insight.

    Unit Size

    The cooling capacity needed for your home’s square footage is a major cost factor. Naturally, more powerful units designed for larger homes come with higher price tags than smaller, efficient models suited for condos or apartments.

    AC Style

    Central air conditioning systems with indoor/outdoor units and ductwork are typically pricier than ductless mini-split options, which avoid ductwork renovations. But mini-splits may require multiple indoor units for whole-home coverage.

    Energy Efficiency

    Like most investments, you tend to get what you pay for in terms of equipment quality and efficiency ratings. More expensive units with higher SEER ratings deliver greater energy savings to offset costs over their lifetime.

    Brand Pricing

    As Portland’s premier dealer of Daikin and Ruud products, Sunset only installs premium, top-tier equipment from these nationally recognized brands known for their superior manufacturing and quality control standards.

    Professional Installation

    Hiring seasoned HVAC professionals like Sunset’s certified technicians ensures your new AC system is accurately sized, installed strictly to code, and set up for optimized performance and efficiency from day one.

    While replacement costs can seem steep upfront, modern air conditioning delivers exceptional energy savings and home comfort that quickly recoups expenses over time. At Sunset, we’ll work within your budget to find the perfect solution and payment options tailored to your Portland home’s needs.

    Extended Benefits of Installing an Air Conditioner with Sunset

    While the upfront investment for a new AC installation can give some Portland homeowners pause, the long-term benefits make it a wise decision. In addition to lower energy costs and improved climate control mentioned, here are some other key advantages:

    Enhanced Indoor Air Quality

    As your cooling system circulates and filters air, a new high-efficiency unit helps reduce airborne particulates like dust, pollen, dander, and other allergens. Many homeowners report breathing easier with fresher indoor air.

    Increased Home Comfort & Value

    Outdated AC systems struggle to evenly cool homes, leaving hot spots and uneven temperatures. Modern units provide consistent, customizable whole-home comfort. This amenity also boosts resale value for savvy sellers.

    Safety & Peace of Mind

    As cooling equipment ages, electrical and refrigerant risks can develop. Sunset’s certified techs ensure new installations follow all safety codes. You can relax knowing your system was meticulously installed to strict standards.

    Hassle-Free Performance

    Why continue sinking money into constant repair bills for an older, failing AC unit? A new installation from Sunset eliminates those headaches so you can “set it and forget it” for years of reliable cooling.

    State-of-the-Art Features

    From smart thermostat integration to inverter technologies and zoning capabilities, today’s systems offer the latest amenities for maximizing efficiency, customization, and convenience.

    As Portland’s premier Daikin and Ruud dealers for nearly a century, Sunset has the expertise to help you experience all these benefits and more. We’ll guide you through every step – from sizing and product selection to flexible financing and professional installation. Stay cool and comfortable all summer long with a new AC system tailored for your home!

    Why Work With Our Pros?

    Sunset Heating & Cooling has been the expert Air Conditioning installers in the Portland area since 1922. Our AC contractors have the professional experience needed to make sure your new AC unit is installed correctly and accurately. Best of all, we also offer ongoing support, meaning your air conditioner will always be working at the highest standard possible.


    Maintenance Plans

    Regular maintenance is crucial to keeping your HVAC systems working efficiently and safely. When you sign up for our Sunset Service Plan, not only do you get an annual inspection and tune-up of your system, but you also have the added benefit of working with a team that knows your unit’s repair and maintenance history.

    • Visual Ductwork Inspection: ($79 Value)
    • Your Plan is transferable if you move to another home in the Portland area or given to buyer of home you are selling
    • 15% off any additional services or repairs
    • Peace of mind knowing that your HVAC system is in good hands.
    • Indoor Air Quality Evaluation: ($79 Value)
    • Plans start at as little as $16.50/ month for one unit.
    • Priority scheduling for any service
    • High Performance Tune-up.
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    Contact Our Portland Air Conditioning Technicians Today

    At Sunset Heating & Cooling, our Portland AC technicians have the expertise and experience to handle all your residential or commercial HVAC needs. From installation to maintenance, repair, and replacement services, our team of professionals will help ensure that your home or business is kept at a comfortable temperature all year round. We provide comprehensive solutions for any size of space and different residential housing types. With Sunset Heating & Cooling, you can trust that you’re getting reliable service from experienced technicians who are knowledgeable in the latest technologies and advancements in HVAC systems.

    Contact us today to schedule an appointment with one of our Portland, OR air conditioning technicians! We look forward to helping keep your space comfortable and efficient.

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    Portland’s Trusted Heating and Cooling Company

    Are you looking for quality heating and air cooling services in the Portland area? Sunset Heating & Cooling has been a trusted name in the HVAC industry for decades! If you’re looking for a reputable AC and heating company that provides professional work and exceptional customer service for a fair price, you’ll find it here!

    When you need heating and air conditioning services in Portland, OR, you can always count on Sunset Heating & Cooling

    What Our Clients Say

    Ryan from Sunset Heating & Cooling was friendly, efficient, helpful and so pleasant to have in our home. A great company and wonderful service.

    - Kathi P.

    Jeremy was prompt and friendly. He did a great job of servicing our ac and explaining what he did. Great customer service!

    - Jennifer M.

    Jeremy was knowledgeable, personable, and took the time to explain things. Highly recommend his service.

    - Scott B.

    Many thanks for a great job of diagnosing, explaining and fixing our problem. We are very appreciative and will be happy to tell others.

    - Greg G.

    The Sunset team who sold and installed a new furnace and AC unit in my condominium were wonderful. They were knowledgeable, professional, thorough, respectful and friendly. They went the extra mile to be sure other residents were not impacted and I was happy. They took special care to leave no trace of their being here, except for new and vastly improved heating and cooling system.

    - Kaki B.

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