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Do I Need to Replace or Repair My Air Conditioner?

An HVAC system is an essential unit in your home that constantly needs to perform optimally to offer smooth service all year in. To ensure that, it needs to be checked regularly for problematic parts and possibly repair broken parts. However, these repairs and maintenances can be costly, depending on the issue at hand. Now, there is always a high probability that all the technical hitches can be repaired. But, for how long will you keep repairing? Is it cost-effective?

 

Our answer is, this will depend on the issue, how long the system has been running, your budget, and your home plans. On the contrary, if you have had the AC unit for over ten years, spent hugely on repair budgets, and the system doesn’t function efficiently, you might consider replacing it.

4 Signs It's Time to Replace Your Air Conditioner

When we talk about replacing, we mean having the old system removed and a new one installed fully. There are other benefits to replacing your system like increased energy efficiency and having a worry-free HVAC system.

 

Your Air Conditioner is More Than Ten Years Old

 

An air conditioning unit may, with time, start wearing out. Since an air conditioning unit is primarily an outdoor system, it gets exposed to extreme temperatures throughout the year. That can wear out essential components of it like the capacitors. We understand that repairs are an option for you, but how long will you keep repairing the system?

 

Moreover, the air conditioning unit’s efficiency and lifespan will depend on the care it has been receiving over time. For instance, if you did not ensure regular A/C tune-ups, the unit might break down faster than expected.

 

To avoid these repetitive repair costs, you should opt for a whole system replacement that will give you peace of mind.

 

Your Air Conditioner Frequently Breaks Down

 

Maintenance is the number one reason why AC units last long. These maintenances keep you alert and eliminate the chances of an unforeseen breakdown. However, an AC system might wholly or temporarily stop working, thus demanding a repair or replacement. Repairing is a good option but replacing will help you overcome the huge costs of repair altogether.

 

Maintenance can help you prevent breakdowns of the system. However, there comes a time when even after maintenance and repairs, the unit still stops working. In such instances, it’s safe to say that the system is beyond repair and needs a replacement.

 

Furthermore, your warranty will expire over the years, meaning you will need to shoulder every cost required to cover your repairs and maintenance. This will translate to huge bills over time, which could be avoided by replacing the unit.

 

Your Energy Bills Have Skyrocketed

 

When you start noticing an increase in energy consumption from the AC unit, it might be a sign of malfunction or inefficiency. For instance, in the outdoor unit, the AC has a motor that is powered by electricity. If a motor breakdown happens, the fan in the outdoor unit will need more power to turn, which translates to colossal consumption power.

 

To note these skyrocketing bills, we recommend comparing the bills by kilowatts hours used annually to analyze the trends. The best way to compare is to look at the first year of installation and the current year. When you notice a significant change in the numbers, this might signify that the AC unit has a considerable malfunction and needs replacement.

 

Your A/C Uses R-22 Freon or Refrigerant

 

One of the most crucial parts of your AC unit is the refrigerant. This coolant component ensures that the hot air in the house is compressed and cooled down. Most AC units have been known to use Freon as the primary refrigerant, but from January 1st, 2020, its production ceased, and technicians were forced to shift to R410A refrigerant or its alternatives.

 

Researchers found that the CFC gas from the R-22 Freon refrigerant was adding to Ozone depletion. As this negatively impacts the environment, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) instructed that it should not be manufactured moving forward.

 

What does that mean? If you are still using an AC unit that relies on R-22 as the refrigerant, you will have difficulty refilling it. It is, therefore, a better idea to replace the whole unit to avoid such mishaps.

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Carlos came to our house to access the A/C project and to give us an estimate. He was very knowledgeable and took his time to explain all the opinions in detail as well as the installation process and warranties. Tanner and Chris were the installers, they were very professional taking their time and attention to details. To keep our house clean while installing the new A/C system.

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