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Is It Time to Repair or Replace My Air Conditioning Unit?

January 20, 2022

Is It Time to Repair or Replace My Air Conditioning Unit?

While you’ll need a professional opinion to determine if your A/C unit can be repaired or needs replacing, below are seven indicators that can help you decide.

1. Your unit is blowing warm air.

This may be nothing more than an indication that the air filter needs cleaning or replacing or the refrigerant is getting low. You may want to change the air filter, but if that doesn’t rectify the situation, it’s wise to contact My Fireplace.

2. Your air conditioner isn’t cooling your home.

If the problem isn’t a dirty air filter, an incorrectly set thermostat, or a tripped breaker, it’s time to call a professional. Your unit may have a refrigerant leak or a mechanical issue. It’s also possible you have the wrong size unit for your needs. My Fireplace techs can advise you on your best course of action.

3. The unit freezes up.

Typically, this isn’t an expensive problem to fix. You may have set the temperature too cold or the air filter may need cleaning or replacing. These are problems you can take care of yourself. However, if addressing these issues doesn’t resolve the problem, give us a call. We can discover whether this is an indicator of something more serious.

4. Your A/C unit needs frequent repairs.

If your unit needs repeated repairs, it’s a good indication that it’s time to purchase a new unit. In the long run, a new unit can be the more economical solution. We can help you make that decision.

5. The unit is an older model.

It isn’t unusual for a central air conditioner to last 15 years or more. However, older models can be more time-consuming and costly to fix. You have to weigh the cost and convenience of repairs with the reliability of a new unit. Plus, older units are not as environmentally friendly.

6. There’s a problem with Freon.

The refrigerant Freon was used in older A/C units. However, Freon was found to damage the ozone layer and is no longer being manufactured. While low levels can be topped up with recycled R-22, it won’t be available indefinitely. For the sake of the environment and the ease with which your air conditioner can be repaired, it may be time to consider purchasing a new unit.

7. You receive higher-than-expected energy bills.

When you factor in the cost of continuing to repair your current air conditioner plus high energy costs, it may become apparent that a new, more energy-efficient unit will save you money in the long run. We’re here to discuss your air conditioning needs and help you decide if now is the time to upgrade your unit.

Contact us by using the form on the website: https://www.myfireplace.ca/contact or by calling our London showroom at 519-652-2774 or our St. Thomas showroom at 519-633-4256.