Should You Repair or Replace an Ailing Air Conditioner? Consider These Points

by Published by
Size Matters

It’s that time again, and all the Central Florida homeowners who will rely on their air conditioners through the hot summer should have their A/Cs tuned up and maintained. But what if your tune-up tells you that your A/C has serious problems, or what if it struggled through its last days during last summer? After a time, isn’t it best just to go for a new model? Do you repair or replace an air conditioner that’s not doing as well as it should?

Really, even if your A/C is still chugging along, you might want to switch to a newer model! Air conditioning technology improves so much through the decades that if your A/C is more than eight years old, you might be able to rake in savings just by installing a new air conditioner. This is definitely true if your old A/C wasn’t top of the line when it was installed. And if your model is older than 2010, it’s probably using an outdated refrigerant that’s harmful for the environment.

Energy efficiency standards change over time. Consider the Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER), which tells you how much energy is required to produce desired cooling over the course of the season. Until 2006, you could get away with installing a 10 SEER A/C. In 2006, though, the minimum efficiency jumped to 13 SEER – a 30 percent increase. That means 30 percent better energy savings!  And in 2015, we’ll be required to install 14 SEER equipment, which is why we’re already recommending 14 SEER as the starting point if you’re considering new equipment.

To learn whether you should repair or replace an air conditioner in your home, have a qualified HVAC professional stop by. A home energy audit will point out how efficiently your house is heated or cooled, and it may be that sealing your ducts and tuning up your A/C will give you comfort and savings you’re satisfied with. But if you do want to upgrade your air conditioner, a professional opinion can help with that decision.

Call us today at Scott’s Heating & Air Conditioning if you have questions about whether to repair or replace your air conditioner!

Tags: , , , ,

Categorised in:

AC Service Testimonials

  • 5 star review  Very customer driven company. Sherrie was great when I called that evening for repair. Bill (technician) called and gave me an estimated time. He had the problem diagnosed and fixed within 30 minutes. Great guy - knowledgeable and friendly. Good company.

    thumb Lea Chancey
  • 5 star review  Scott's Heating & Air Conditioning = Professional. They did an awesome job with my system change. The photos are of finished product and old product. A drastic difference! They were on time and knowledgeable. They made sure the job was done to my satisfaction. I highly recommend them!

    thumb Ryan Rawski
  • 5 star review  Grant and team from Scott's were OUTSTANDING! The new system is wonderful and I purchased the 10 yr plan so that I can have worry-free A/C for a decade! I cannot encourage you to do business with these folks enough. I'm a customer for life!

    thumb John Kellis
  • 5 star review  CLIFF WAS AWESOME!!! After our AC unit wasnt cooling like it used CLIFF came to my home and did a phenomenal job. He was very professional and knowledgable. I work in the service field as well and noticed how clean and organized he kept his tools and material/parts he was removing and replacing. Parts were cleaned to the best of his ability due to it being a 21 year old unit. He did a fantastic job. Would definitely recommend SCOTTS to my neighborhood and google members. Now my house cools off in no time. Thanks again CLIFF and of course the SCOTTS TEAM.

    thumb Richie Cruz
  • 5 star review  We had a great experience With this company, starting off with our sales person Daniel, extending to the entire installation crew. I’m sorry that I don’t remember all the names of the technicians who installed our units, but each and every one of them was very courteous, professional, and informative. They did not leave the house until the job is done right, and I did take a long time because we do have an older house. They started the job at about 8:30 in the morning and finished at 10 PM. They cleaned up everything and made sure that there was a full explanation as to how to use the thermostat units and the app so that we could control all of the AC units from our cell phones. They also made sure to follow up after the installation to make sure that we were satisfied with the job. I would certainly recommend Scott’s for AC installation.

    thumb Prashanta Laddu

Recent Posts