Should I Repair or Replace My Air Conditioner?
When your air conditioner stops working, you face the question of whether you should repair or replace it.
At Lakeside Heating & Air Conditioning, our technicians can assess your system and determine your best options. If your air conditioner is newer, under warranty or repairs aren’t very expensive, we recommend fixing it.
Some situations that often lead to air conditioning installation include:
Air Conditioner is Getting Old
On average, most air conditioners last for around 15–20 years. If yours is close to this age, it’s time to replace it.
Repairs are Expensive
A good rule of thumb is replacing your system when repairs are more than half the price of a new air conditioner.
You’re Hearing Strange Noises
It’s normal for your air conditioner to make some noise as it cools your home. But noises like squealing and hissing are a sign that your system has a serious problem. If you’re hearing odd sounds and your air conditioner is old, it’s time to replace it.
Your Air Conditioner Uses R-22 Refrigerant
Most air conditioners made before 2010 use R-22 Freon for refrigerant. This coolant is no longer being produced due to its effects on the ozone layer. If your air conditioner has a refrigerant leak, this coolant could be very expensive or not available at all.
Air Conditioner Doesn’t Cool Efficiently
An inefficient air conditioner can drive up your electrical bill and make your home feel uncomfortable.
Poor Quality Installation
Your air conditioner’s performance also depends on the company who installed it. If your air conditioner was sized incorrectly or installed poorly, your comfort and energy bill may suffer.
Lack of Routine Maintenance
Your air conditioner should be serviced once a year. This keeps moving parts operating properly and helps us spot minor problems before they become major issues. Air conditioners that aren’t maintained typically have lower efficiency, break down more often and may even wear out sooner.
In many of these situations, air conditioner replacement will save you money and increase your comfort and safety. But our technicians can help you determine what will be the best solution for your needs. When you need fast and dependable air conditioning repair, give Lakeside a call at 303-412-8015 today!