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Should I Replace My AC? | AC Replacement near Cleveland

Posted by P.K. Wadsworth Heating & Cooling on Wed, Mar 27, 2019 @ 09:59 AM

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With the temperatures rising in the Cleveland area, it will not be long before your air conditioner is running at full capacity. Now is the perfect time to schedule your spring air conditioning maintenance, and if you are concerned about the age or reliability of your system, it may be a good idea to discuss your repair and replacement options with your HVAC technician.

What Is the Life Expectancy of an Air Conditioner?

The typical central air conditioner will last 12 to 15 years, or up to 20 with impeccable maintenance and good fortune. But the older it becomes, the less efficient and reliable it will be. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, today’s air conditioning systems use 20 to 40% less energy than those made only 10 years ago, which can translate into substantial long-term savings on your utility bills.

Should I Repair or Replace My Air Conditioner?

For many air conditioners, repairs can allow you to squeeze a few more years of use from the system before you have to make a significant investment in a new central air unit. As long as the repairs are not too costly, and your system is less than 15 years old, that may be the smartest solution.

Once major components like the compressor, evaporator, or condenser start failing, however, it would be wise to consider an air conditioning replacement. Between parts and labor, repairs for these components could quickly approach the cost of a new system, and you would still be left with an older, inefficient air conditioner that could contain other parts on the verge of failure.

The Benefits of AC Replacement

If you choose to install a new air conditioner, not only will you have a more reliable system, but you can enjoy several other benefits, as well:

  • - Reduced energy usage – A modern air conditioning system will use up to 40% less energy than your current one, and if you want to save even more, an ENERGY STAR certified model will be about 15% more efficient than other systems on the market.
  • - Lower utility costs When you save energy, you also reduce your electricity bills, which can help to earn some of the initial investment back every month.
  • - Fewer service calls – With a more reliable system, you will not have to rearrange your schedule for frequent air conditioning repairs, just annual maintenance.
  • - Improved comfort – With available features like two-stage cooling, variable-speed blowers, zoning systems, and smart thermostats, you can enjoy better cooling performance, improved humidity control, higher air quality, and greater ease of use.

AC Repair & Replacement in Cleveland, OH

When you need an accurate, honest option about your air conditioner's remaining service life, talk to our team at P.K. Wadsworth. We can evaluate your system, identify which repairs are necessary, and help you determine whether repairs or replacement would be the most cost-effective and reliable solution.

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