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Repair Or Replace My A/C? Telltale Clues

While the rest of the country is packing up their air conditioners, Phoenix and Scottsdale residents still have months of warm weather ahead. Still, your air conditioner made it through the hottest part of the summer — how did it do? It’s not always easy to tell when to throw in the towel, but if you’ve been wondering, “When do I repair or replace my A/C?” then these telltale clues should be useful for you.

    • Aging system: If you’ve had your trusty air conditioner for more than 10 years, it’s time to consider a replacement. Technological advancements, better efficiency ratings and greater dependability await you if you choose to replace instead of repair your aging air conditioner.
    • High energy bills: It’s been a hot summer and electricity costs have gone up, but another factor could be contributing to higher energy bills: an air conditioner with a lower SEER (seasonal energy efficiency ratio) rating. This makes you pay more than necessary. Higher SEER ratings are available on new air conditioners, a factor that can help with the “repair or replace my A/C” debate.
    • Dirty indoor air: You might not be able to see it, but if anyone in your home has suffered from uncontrollable asthma or allergies lately, your air conditioner might be to blame. The reason is because older units have outdated air handler technology and many can only be fitted with simple filters less capable of trapping smaller particles. Breathe easier by replacing your A/C.
    • Comfort problems: Older air conditioners contain hot and cold spots. If you’re suffering from sauna-like temperatures upstairs while people on the ground floor freeze, a replacement may remedy the problem.
    • Refrigerant leaks: Maintaining the correct refrigerant charge is imperative for efficient air conditioning. If the system leaks, it should be repaired as soon as possible. However, since leaks are often caused by cracked joints, it may be within your best interest to replace a system with refrigerant leaks if the other telltale clues also exist.

If you’re still deciding whether to repair or replace your A/C, please contact us at Wolff Mechanical for more personalized advice.

Our goal is to help educate our customers in the Phoenix Valley area of Arizona about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). 

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