AC repair service in Ft. Pierce – Should I repair or replace my air conditioner?
In the heat of Florida, air conditioning becomes a necessary appliance to make your home or office interior livable. So, when your system breaks down and you need an AC repair service in Ft. Pierce, it’s understandable that you would want to get the very best as soon as possible.
But with all the advancements in the AC field in the last decades, you may wonder if it’s worth it repairing your system or if you’re better off replacing it with a newer one. And you may have some basis for it.
When considering whether to repair or replace your AC, remember that since 2006, SEER (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio) rates have been risen to a minimum of 13 and since 2010 the refrigerant of older systems was discontinued. These changes have made modern systems, even at the lowest standards, much more energy efficient than older ones, bringing into question whether it’s worth keeping systems older than 2006 or even 2010.
Still, the air conditioner is not the only part of an AC system, and you may find that some changes in ductwork and insulation could make your system run efficiently for a few years before you have to update. These considerations will help you make your decision:
• Inspect the ductwork, as you could be losing between 10 and 30% of the air before it reaches livable space. Even if you replace your AC, if you have faulty ductwork your space will take longer to cool down. Conversely, repairing or replacing faulty ductwork can boost up your efficiency so that you won’t need AC replacement in a few years.
• Check the insulation. Just as with the ductwork, a poorly insulated home will make your system less efficient. Fixing your insulation could boost up your system’s efficiency, lowering your costs as much as 30% and foregoing the need of a replacement. Don’t replace your AC until you see that it is inefficient even after reinforcing your insulation.
• Consider SEER ratings and refrigerant. Since older systems have lower ratings and another type of refrigerant, they are less energy efficient, which translates into more money. If your system has 10 or less SEER and/or R-22 refrigerant and ductwork or insulation are not an issue, a new system can cut your costs down. If your system is more recent than 2010, it probably needs a few repairs and a replacement is not necessary.
The best way to factor all these considerations and make up your mind is by contacting an AC repair service in Ft. Pierce like A/C Now to give you professional advice.
We strive for perfection with every service provided. We are here to help you with all your air conditioning, heating, pool heating, commercial, residential and air quality needs with our quality service and our free estimates.
Whether you want to repair, replace or simply maintenance your system, contact A/C Now’s AC repair service in Ft. Pierce for the service you and your AC deserve.