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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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”They were prompt and professional. They explained everything they were doing and why it needed to be fixed. I felt everything was honest and fair”

- David Davidson
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”Arctic Air comes to do my seasonal maintenance twice a year. Dave just came to do my winter maintenance. He was on time and was very nice. He checked the…”

- Sabrina Stevens
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”I love artic air from the phone call to set up appt to the quality service they offer”

- Anthony Petrone
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”Arctic Air service was great. They diagnosed the problem quick and fixed it on the short time. The technicians were great. They did a good clean job.”

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”Good job. Only took two visits. Also, parts department not open on weekends like car dealerships, so if you need a part not in the truck you’re out of luck…”

- Ken Baum
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”Very satisfied with the work that Eugene and Andrey did today installing my new AC and heating system. Would highly recommend Artic Air Conditioning!”

- Lisa Blazer Serman
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”After careful research, we made the right decision for a boiler ( heating unit). Excellent workmanship done by Matt, Nick and Dominic. Was nervous but now a satisfied customer. Thank…”

- Lucille Haley
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”Had our yearly service with Technician Andres, he was so polite, nice and knowledgeable of what had to be done and explained details of service to us . Excellent service…”

- Julie Burgos
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”David Ianni was great. Very nice. Very professional. Explained everything he did with great patience. A++”

- Debbie Nemeth Efron
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”Always professional, from the customer service to the technicians, they really stay on top of their business.”

- Marc West
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”This company was on time and explained everything”

- nancy curiel
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”I had an entire replacement of my furnace, central AC, and installed a tankless hot water heater yesterday. the entire job, from ripping out the old junk and installing a…”

- Serena Mycewicz
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”I had an entire replacement of my furnace, central AC, and installed a tankless hot water heater yesterday. the entire job, from ripping out the old junk and installing a…”

- Serena Mycewicz
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”Kyle was a helpful technician. Respectful and was able to fix the issue very quickly.”

- Christine Su
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”Their customer service is excellent.Tthe technicians were very professional and answered all our questions. They didn't make a mess and cleaned up beautifully.”

- Jean Lombardo Olszak
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”Excellent service, great communication, showed up just when they said they would and Frank fixed it first time! Can't ask for more!”

- David Bambrick
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”The tech, Sammy, was very thorough and professional. Highly recommended!”

- w dug
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”We had Dave come today to start up our heating unit in our new home and he was great. We were unfamiliar with the system and he showed us all…”

- Mindy Ginsberg
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”From the very first phone call to Arctic Air, they were incredible. I had a leak in my AC unit, and wasn't sure if it could be repaired or not.…”

- Matthew Karbowiak
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”We had both a new air conditioning system and a new boiler/heating system installed within months of each other. Both jobs were completed by very professional installers- they even stayed…”

- Cathy Betler
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”Anthony was extremely knowledgeable and experienced in how he dealt our situation. He explained everything to us and made sure we understood everything before he left. I would recommend him…”

- Nancy Corn
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”Purchased HVAC unit through them which was excellent service. I Just had fall maintenance done which also went smoothly. Though I thought they'd also check the AC unit while they…”

- Nirmal Prajapati
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”I have been a customer of Arctic Air for quite a while and have always been happy with their service.I especially liked the professionalism and expertise of the plumber and…”

- ELIZABETH PEAR
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