Do I need to replace or repair my air conditioner?
How Do I Know If I Need a New Heater or Air Conditioner?
An HVAC system is an essential unit in your home that needs always to be performing optimally for it to offer smooth service all year in. To ensure that, it needs to be checked regularly for red lights, 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 15 years, you have 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. In this section, let us focus on the red lights that will alert you when your unit is in a critical state and requires a replacement.
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 largely an outdoor system, it gets exposed to extreme temperatures throughout the year. That can wear out essential components of it like the batteries. Now, 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 overtime. For instance, if you did not ensure regular A/C tune-ups, the unit might breakdown 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 temporarily or completely 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, over the years, your warranty will expire, meaning you will need to shoulder every cost required to cover your repairs and maintenance. In effect, this will translate to huge bills over time, that 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, the outdoor unit of the AC has a motor that is powered by electricity. If this motor breakdown happens, the fan in the outdoor unit will need more power to turn, which translates to huge consumption power
To note these skyrocketing bills, we recommend that you compare 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 big change in the numbers, this might signify that the AC unit has a huge 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 is the coolant component that ensures that the hot air in the house is compressed and cooled down. Most AC units have been known to use Freon as the main 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 is a negative impact on 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 a hard time when refilling it. It is, therefore, a better idea to replace the whole unit to avoid such mishaps.
Our Final Word
Are you experiencing HVAC or air conditioning problems in your home or office? You have found the right solution to all your heating and air conditioning issues. Our Preferred Services consists of a professional team of local heating air conditioning contractors that will work with you until your air conditioning issue is resolved.
For any Air conditioning service in Palm Springs, Water Heater installations in Palm Desert, and even air conditioning contractors in Indio, reach out to an experienced Indio and Palm Springs plumbing company out. We have a culture we live by where we assure you of no hidden charges, up-front flat-rate pricing, and no overtime charges or surprises.
Read the transcript of our Video below
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?
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.