Do I need to replace or repair my air conditioner?

So, how do I know if I need a new air conditioning, heating system?
Well in today’s Preferred Pointers, we’re going to talk about do we need to replace
it or do we just need to fix it?
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Welcome back to another session of Preferred Pointers.
So in today’s session again, we’re going to talk about the four main reasons why you
should highly consider replacing your air conditioning system.
(jeff) You know Rick when it comes to your air condition system.
when it gets over a certain period of time
or starts to break down are those clues of hey, maybe it’s time to consider not just servicing it,
but replacing it?
(Rick) Yeah, sometimes you know, the good news is we’re a company that that is about options.
You know, there’s a lot of companies that would go to a 10 year old
or older system and just say flat out you gotta replace it because it’s old.

Should you fix a broken air conditioner?

You know what 99.9% of the time it can be fixed.

The question really is should you fix it?
Should you throw good money after bad?
And that’s what our company does is do thorough diagnostics
and figure out our out what it’s going to take to get it up
and running and then at the end of the day,
let’s figure out what your comfort needs are
because if your comfort needs don’t match
what the actual fix is, just to get it up
and running then we may be talking about replacing the system.
(Jeff) Well, I love how you today, you want to talk about 4 specific things?
Yes, when it comes to pay these could be signs that you need to replace your air conditioner system.
The first one is is your air conditioning is more than 10 years old.
Why is that? I mean it seems like hey these things don’t seem to last forever.
(Rick) Sometimes they do it’s interesting, but you know,
the lifespan of an air conditioning system is just about 10 to 12 years old across the board.
But now as most of you folks out there know, in our desert,
we have extreme heat. We’ve got dirt
and dust we get those dirt storms those lot of wind storms
and it just puts more wear
and tear on our systems dirt is the number one killer of heating and air system.
So the idea is is as those systems get more of that dirt on there and we’re past that 10-year mark,
we know that that system is not operating at a very high efficiency,
which means that your utility bills are going through the roof.
Not only that but you have components that
because of that extra wear
and tear they’re failing and they’re just going to continue failing and after that 10-year point
it just seemed to snowball after that.
(Jeff) So the next one is it as you were just alluding to it frequently breaks down.
Is that another sign that hey maybe it’s no longer putting a bandaid on it.
(Rick) It could be you could have the wrong contractor after fixing the unit too!
But but yeah you can have just one thing after another in the thing just ends up nickel
and diming you to death and at the end of the day
when when were out there were going to ask you several questions and you know,
including your comfort your including your utility bills
and and really just having some good old-fashioned conversation about
what your needs are to determine if it makes sense because let’s face it,
if you’re going to move in six months or you have a family plan to to get out of town.
We’re going to put those Band-Aids
on as much as possible because we don’t want you to have this spend that money.
So every situations different,
you know, we have some people that say, hey they’re going to bury me in the backyard.
Going to stay here forever. Let’s look at replacing that system
because your return on the Investments going to be much better.
(Jeff) So Rick, when it comes to those electric bills, we’re not just saying hey,
it’s getting more expensive because Edison has gone up or Imperial Irrigation has gone up.
Do you recommend we compare year-over-year
and if we’re using the same time to watch
and we say hey we see somebody Skyrocket is just not an odd thing
where this was 40 days in the cycle versus
30 and it looks different right?
Is that a recommendation? (Rick) Yeah, you definitely want to look at kilowatt hours used.
So year over year. And kilowatt-hours you you want to do
that also when we replace your system
so you can make those comparisons as to how much money you’re saving as well.
Look at year over year kilowatt hours.
(Jeff) You know the last one which I think probably 99% of us
as homeowners don’t understand
this but there’s been a big change
when it comes to what keeps these systems cold that Freon and yeah,
what’s the story behind that?
(Rick) As of 2020 January 1st 2020 of this year R22 was phased out. So, it’s not banned!
They’re just not producing any more of it.
So there’s plenty of it on the earth to service the existing units,
but now we have a new free on that’s called r410a.
It’s been around for quite some time now,
but we have now made the full transition from new systems coming onto the
market that are now have been filled with the r410a.
(Jeff) So Rick give us a recap again of those four reasons why we
should consider replacing versus repairing.
(Rick) Okay? Yeah. So the first one was if your system is over 10 years old,
that’s a Big indicator. The second one would be repair bills.
So the amount of money that you’re spending did the band aid this unit throwing good money after bad.
The third one would be your skyrocketing electric bills.
You’re afraid to open up that bill, you know, it’s going to be high in sure
enough it is! Then the fourth one is the refrigerant
or what we would better known
as freon right! The you have the old R22 and now it’s 410 a and with R22 systems.
It just becomes cost prohibitive to continuously trying to repair old R22 systems.
These four are indications that it may need to be replaced.
It doesn’t mean it has to be replaced. Now,
we have technicians the knowledge
and education to keep those things running as long as humanly possible, right.
But again, we’re going to ask you some questions so we can do what’s best for you and your family,
but I also have a bonus. Yeah, so we have those for but at the end of the day,
it’s about comfort right? We don’t just want cool.
Are we want we want good comfort throughout all our rooms.
Evenly we want, you know, some people like the airflow blowing in their hair right?
Some people don’t want to feel that air flow on them at all.
Some people just want the temperature. There’s a lot of
customization that we can do with the comfort of your home.
So that’s another indication that something needs to be changed out. (Jeff) Rick if somebody had had one
or all four of these how they get ahold of you?
(Rick) Our main hotline is 760-863-0832 or you can go online to www.PreferredServicesCA.com.
Fantastic. Thanks Rick. Yeah. Thank you.