Should You Repair Or Replace Your Air Conditioner?

Posted By : Aubrey Mead , on Jul, 2017

 

Trying to determine if the air conditioner in your home can be repaired or whether it is time to replace it can be difficult. As a new system can be quite expensive it stands to reason that you want to be sure your current system has seen the end of its useful life before committing to have a new air conditioner in West Chicago installed.

The truth is; with the changes in air conditioner design which has resulted in a considerable increase in efficiency, lower operating costs and a new ruling that manufacturers must use non-ozone depleting refrigerants, if the unit is ten to fifteen years old it may be well worth replacing it.

There are a few things that must be assessed first:

Check the ducting:

You can spend money replacing your air conditioner in West Chicago and still not feel the full effect on blistering hot days. There is more than just the mechanical components in a central system; there is the ducting arrangement that delivers the cool air throughout the house. Ducting also deteriorates the ducting in the average home leaks about 15 percent of the air on its way to being delivered. Ensure that the technician completes a duct-leakage test.

Look at the whole house:

Poorly insulated homes will most certainly overtax an aging air conditioner. You should consider dealing with the current insulation problem; perhaps your existing system is not as inefficient as you first thought. Even if the air conditioning equipment must be replaced, a tight house may result in your being able to install a smaller system which will cut down on the replacement cost.

The unit size is extremely important. You may think “the bigger the better” but this is far from the truth. An oversize air conditioner in West Chicago costs more but as they cool quicker, there is a tendency to cycle on-off far too often which is far from the most efficient way to run any piece of equipment.

If your air conditioner in West Chicago has seen better days it may be time to replace it with an efficient, modern system. You are invited to contact Blue Frost Heating & Cooling for advice and an attractive proposal.

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