Does Your Air Conditioner Need Repair or Replacement?


Is your air conditioner not cooling? Experiencing frequent AC breakdowns can prove stressful. Repeated repair requirements force you to think whether it is worth it or you should buy a new air conditioner. You can contact a professional like Waterloo Energy Products and Mechanical and get their opinion on the condition of the air conditioner. It is much more challenging to make decisions regarding your HVAC system. It's difficult to know whether a broken air conditioner requires new thermostat batteries or a more extensive repair unless you're a qualified HVAC technician. For households with older air conditioners, whether to repair or replace the machine arises frequently. In this article, different described situations determine whether or not you need a new air conditioner.  

High Energy Bills

Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio is a measure of the efficiency of your air conditioner; the higher the ratio, the better the efficiency. As long as your air conditioner performs efficiently, your monthly energy bill remains low. Advanced technology features incorporated in new air conditioners make them cost-effective and energy-efficient. Higher energy bills could mean your air conditioner isn't working or is losing efficiency. Older air conditioners tend to use more energy; therefore, the two concerns may arise. Receiving a large energy bill now and then isn't cause for concern. However, if your energy bills continue to rise, you may need to start looking for a new air conditioner. 

Air Conditioner is Old

Air conditioners have a specified lifespan beyond which the problems start. Various factors affect the working of your air conditioners, such as weather exposure and maintenance over the years. As the AC system ages, its cooling power and energy-saving capacity gradually decline. Keep in mind that when your air conditioner gets older, its mechanical components may become unavailable or obsolete. You will need to purchase a new unit if an exact match for a broken part is hard to find.   

Frequent Breakdowns and Repairs

If you have to call an HVAC specialist twice every week, it is time to think. Evaluate if it's worth keeping your current air conditioner. If it requires frequent and expensive repairs. Your air conditioner should not have any problems throughout the summer if you get yearly A/C tune-ups from skilled professionals. Many typical A/C problems are caused by a lack of maintenance, which may be avoided by having your unit serviced.  

R22 Freon Refrigerant Used in AC

R22 was the common air conditioner refrigerant for decades until scientists realized; it was depleting the ozone layer. As a result, commencing January 1, 2020, the Canadian government will prohibit the import and manufacture of R22. Don't get too worked up if your air conditioner uses Freon. You should, however, begin making plans for a replacement. There will be no Freon refills accessible after 2020 if your air conditioner breaks down and needs repair.  

Conclusion

The above-described factors clearly state different situations that give rise to the need for repair or replacement. If your air conditioner is not performing efficiently, causing increased energy bills and energy losses, you need to find a solution. Work with a professional HVAC company that installs a unit and ensures follow-up maintenance. 

If you have any concerns about your HVAC system, our professionals can provide you with answers.  Waterloo Energy Products and Mechanical is a Trane air conditioning dealer. 





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