AC repair service in Palm Beach Gardens – Should I repair or replace my air conditioner?
Unlike northern states, having a functional air conditioning in Florida is necessary year-round. Knowing a reliable AC repair service in Palm Beach Gardens can save you a lot of headaches when your system starts to fail.
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.
Before deciding whether to repair or replace your AC, you should know that in 2006, SEER (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio) rates were raised to a minimum of 13. Also, systems made after 2010 need to use a different refrigerant than older systems. These changes make modern systems, even at the lowest standard, more energy efficient than top-of-the-line old ones. Thus, questioning the choice of keeping your pre-2010 AC is perfectly valid.
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. Because 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.
Ultimately, the decision on whether to repair or replace takes more than just you. Contacting an AC repair service in Palm Beach Gardens like A/C Now can help you get all the facts straight to make the right choice.
A/C Now is a local, veteran-owned service provided by two friends who love the HVAC field. Combined, we have over 30 years of experience to assist you in every way possible. We value our friendship and hope to gain yours too.
Feel free to reach out to A/C Now to ask for maintenance, installations and AC repair service in Palm Beach Gardens today.
Phone: (772) 521-3568
Address: 1391 NW St Lucie Blvd. #120, Port St Lucie, FL 34986