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Repair or Replace: The Air Conditioning Edition

One of the most common questions we get from customers is whether they should repair or replace their air conditioning system. It’s not always easy to tell when it’s time to stop throwing away money on an aging air conditioner and investing in a brand new, energy-efficient system. Our expert AC technicians have seen it all, and they can help you decide when it’s time to repair or replace.

If you need help deciding whether to repair or replace your AC, contact Arctic Air Conditioning today by calling 732-455-9110!

How to Decide Between Repairing & Replacing Your AC

There are a few things you should consider when trying to decide whether it’s best to repair or replace your AC system:

The Age of Your Air Conditioner

How old is your AC system? Most units last between 10 – 12 years, and after that, they become very expensive to repair and generally break down frequently. Older systems may even require parts that have been discontinued, making them very expensive and difficult to get a hold of. 

If your unit is just a few years old and is normally pretty trouble-free but has recently displayed minor trouble signs, AC repair is the smart, cost-effective option.

The Current Condition of Your Air Conditioner

What is the current condition of your AC system? Is your air conditioner made by a quality brand like Lennox? How often does it experience breakdowns? Does it blow warm or lukewarm air? Does the unit take a particularly long time to cool your home? Are certain parts of your New Jersey home cooler than other parts, causing an uncomfortable living environment?

If your unit breaks down frequently, takes a long time to cool your home, or is made by an inferior brand, air conditioning replacement may be the best option for you and the most cost-effective down the road.

The Energy Efficiency of Your Air Conditioner

If you decide to repair an old AC system, it will still have the same efficiency it was rated for when it was manufactured. Older units are far less efficient than newer ones due to improvements in technology, as well as tighter energy standards implemented by the government.

AC units are rated by SEER (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratings), which is a measure of how efficient a given air conditioning system is. Today’s air conditioners must have a minimum of 13 SEER to be installed and a 14 SEER to be considered ENERGY STAR qualified.

Have Your System Diagnosed by the Experts

Still unsure whether it’s time to repair or replace your air conditioner? Have your malfunctioning system diagnosed by the experts—we’ll assess your system and let you know your options and how cost-effective each one will be so you can make an informed, educated decision. Contact us today to schedule your service!

Testimonials
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”Our technician Jesse was thoroughly professional and courteous while, all the while, maintaining social distancing. He quickly diagnosed the issue and completed the needed service is short order. I rate…”

- Larry Folvik
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”Arctic was very friendly, professional, and prompt. I received emails and texts confirming the appointment multiple times, and the tech who was on time and very nice. Would highly recommend.”

- Robert Radliff
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”Alex was awesome and very knowledgeable His professionalism is outstanding We hope to see him in the Fall for our Heating assessment thank you Patti Boniello”

- Patricia Decker-Boniello
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”Arctic Air came to the rescue when another local vendor, Artem HVAC, did not show up for their scheduled appointment after waiting all day. Finally at 7pm , after not…”

- Melany Freedman
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”great job unclogging a blocked AC drain , fixed the leak and system is running nice and cool!”

- Risa Weiss
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”Very happy with the service and the tec hnician.”

- Susan B
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”Moving to another town, we were happy to learn Arctic Air also covers this geographic region. We asked for an A/C system check on a system which we believe the…”

- Steven Myers
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”Professional and courteous and follows the safety procedures for the Virus”

- Ron Raskin
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”I had nothing but terrible experiences with Comfort Pros, the company I was stuck with through American Home Shield (barf!). So I opted for this company out of pocket (just…”

- Valerie Curry
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”Very professional and knowledgeable.”

- Ravi Ravipati
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”Arctic Air was very helpful with scheduling an HVAC furnace inspection. I received a text when technician was on his way with a photo & some background info (appreciated for…”

- L Koo
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”I had issue w/shower leaking this morning. Way to start a Monday morning. Scott (PLUMBER) was at my Condo between 9am-9:30am & replace my tub spout. Arctic Air also does…”

- Gina Gambino
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”My tenant had a problem with the air conditioning. The unit was working fine then stopped blowing cold air. We had her change the filter which was not changed in…”

- Thomas R.
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”Promptly arrived within appointed time. Very professional, explained what they were going to do and what was needed. I will use them again if I ever have problems with my…”

- Richard Guadagno
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”Artic Air has been servicing my AC for over 20 years. They are very professional and get the job done! Thank you”

- Annamarie Galante
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”Very good and professional service.”

- Robert Lata
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”My Tenant's air conditioning was not working over night. We thought the problem was a dirty air filter. That didn't work. Called Arctic Air as they had installed the unit…”

- Thomas Rokowski
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”Professional and reasonably priced for new air unit and maintenance.”

- Kristen Burdette
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”Matt Ancona from Arctic Air came out today to clear a critical alert code we were getting on our upstairs AC thermostat. He quickly & professionally diagnosed the problem &…”

- Bob Lutkewitte
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