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Trying to decide if you should repair or replace your air conditioner can be tough. Learn about key factors to consider.

Should You Repair or Replace your Air Conditioner?

Trying to determine whether you should repair or replace your air conditioner can be difficult. There are different points of view to consider and factors to assess. Repair and replacement can both be expensive endeavors making it an important decision. Almost any air conditioner can be repaired; it’s a matter of deciding if replacement is wiser financially, just like an older car. Taking out the potential sentimental value of a vehicle, at some point, the age and mileage on a car make it more expensive to repair than to replace. Most of us are not sentimental about our air conditioners and simply want to have consistent cooling power that doesn’t cost an arm and a leg.

How old is your Air Conditioner?

The typical lifespan of the average air conditioner is 10-15 years. As a rule of thumb, an AC unit under ten years old should be repaired, of course, depending on the scope of the repairs needed. After around 15 years, air conditioners tend to break down. Their components and parts are worn and reaching the end of their lifespan. If your AC is over 15 years old and the repair calls are more frequent, it may be time to consider replacement.

Repair Costs

Depending on what is ailing your air conditioner, the cost of repairs can be significant. Factoring in the age and if the current repair needed is astronomical, replacement may be the better option.… Read More

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11 AC Repair Basics to Help You Avoid Being Clueless

Be in the know with these common AC repair terms

We’ve all been there. The AC repair guy comes to check out your air conditioner and starts talking about coils, condensers and other things you’ve probably never heard of. He might as well be speaking another language. Do you ask what he means, fearing he might take advantage of your ignorance and try to sell you things you don’t need? Or do you just nod your head and pretend you understand, hoping you’ll never need to? With a few basic terms under your belt, you can understand some AC basics—and arm yourself with a little more confidence.

Of course, if you have a reputable company servicing your air conditioner, you shouldn’t have to worry about being taken advantage of. But who wants to feel ignorant? Below are 11 basic AC repair terms I’ve compiled to help you speak “AC Repair.”

AC
If you found this article, you probably already know that AC stands for Air Conditioning. It’s normally considered the ‘cooling’ part of your HVAC system. But to make things confusing, the term “air conditioning” is also sometimes used to describe any system that conditions the air, whether cold or hot.

HVAC
HVAC is sometimes used interchangeably with AC. However, HVAC refers to the entire heating and cooling system of a home—Heating, Ventilation (for your kitchen, bathroom, and dryer) and Air Conditioning.… Read More

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Who Knew? Some Fun AC Facts to Ponder

Air conditioning facts might not be something the average person thinks about often, but there are some very interesting things to learn about AC and it’s history. All of us know that during the hottest summer months, we can’t go without air conditioning. We also know that we’ve come a long way from its original design. Most America homes, businesses and venues are outfitted with AC units. With advances in energy efficiency throughout the years, air conditioners use about 6% of all the electricity produced in the US. Surprisingly though, air conditioning was not originally invented to keep people cool. Read on to learn about this and another little known AC fact.

AC Fact #1: Keeping People Cool was never a Priority

Surprise! Mr. Willis Carrier invented the modern air conditioner in 1902. He was commissioned by a publishing company in New York. The interesting thing is that cooling down the hard working publishing employees was not the intent. Reducing the humidity and heat in the building was needed to reduce problems with the inks as well as the paper. Being unable to control the varying humidity was causing unique issues with ink drying and bleeding and the paper expanding and contracting. Cooling the workers was just an added bonus.

AC Fact #2: Summer Movies Blockbusters were created

In the early 1900’s movie theaters were some of the first businesses to invest in new AC technology.… Read More

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Your Air Conditioner and the R-22 Dilemma

If your AC unit has had issues, not working properly or it needs freon each year, it could be a costly endeavor this year. R-22 or chlorodifluoromethane (no wonder they call is R-22), better known as Freon, is a refrigerant gas that has been used in AC units for many years. Fifty years ago R-22 was king of the coolant industry. It was affordable, long-lasting and performed remarkably well. As with many early industrial ventures, it was later discovered to be harmful to the environment. R-22 was determined to be both Ozone Depletion and have a potential effect on Global Warming. For the average consumer with an older model AC unit, this can mean a big expense when it comes to repairs.

Why is R-22 so expensive?

Due to requirements set forth by the Montreal Protocol, R-22 has been phased out of new HVAC equipment in the United States. Of course, there are still older AC units across the nation using R-22. The EPA and the government are mandated to remove R-22 from production by 2020. Recycled or recovered R-22 can still be used in older units until supplies are diminished. In an effort to discourage consumers from using it the government has dramatically increased the cost. A new tank of freon which cost $350 last year is $800 this year.… Read More