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Should You Repair or Replace Your Air Conditioner?

July 24, 2020

Should You Repair or Replace Your Air Conditioner?

Replacing your air conditioner can be costly, so it's best to know whether or not you'll simply need a repair. There are several determining factors that you should take into consideration before you decide to repair or replace your AC unit. Here are a few things to keep in mind that'll help you know what to do when your air conditioner is on the fritz. 

Efficiency and Age of the AC Unit
How efficient your air conditioner runs is likely going to tell you if a repair vs. a replacement is needed. If your home isn't cooling properly, your energy bills are higher than expected and the unit is more than 10-years old, then you may want to consider replacing the unit. A continuously running air conditioner is going to cost you more in the long run. If you have questions about the efficiency of your air conditioner, our technicians at A-Plus Quality, HVAC services in the Greater Toronto Area, can check it out for you. 

Benefits of Replacement
There are many benefits that can help you decide whether or not you should replace your AC unit or continue with repairs. Is the quality of the air circulating through your home stagnant or consistently producing too much dust? If so, the air filtration system in your AC unit may no longer be working properly. A replacement would improve air quality as well as provide you with manufacturer warranties that often the cover the unit for 10 years. Plus, smart technology and improvements in design give you additional features that reduce the need for future repairs. 

Air Conditioning Repair vs. Replacement
A good rule of thumb is to determine if the repair is going to cost more than $5000 or is equal to 50 percent of the unit's value. When the repair goes over either of those amounts, then it's best to get your air conditioner replaced. Some signs that you may need a repair are: loud noises, bad odors, high humidity, insufficient airflow and warm air.

At A-Plus Quality, HVAC services in the Greater Toronto Area, we are available to help you determine if you'll need a repair or a replacement and offer excellent installation packages to fit your home's needs. Contact us today to schedule an appointment with a certified technician. 

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  • Water is Leaking on my Furnace

    Water falling on to the furnace can harm your heating unit by affecting the control boards and other components enclosed in the furnace. There can be many causes to the water overflow, but the most common cases in the summer is the ice build up inside the evaporator coil due to low refrigerant level. Water build up can also be due to the evaporator coil having a crack on the base, if this is the case contact us by booking an appointment or call us today to have a technician come have a look at your unit and repair this issue before it causes excessive damage.  

  • What are mini-split advantages?

    Just as the name implies, a “mini-split” system is a “split system” however available in smaller capacities, for single room to whole house conditioning. Mini-split systems may range from as small as 9,000 BTUh per hour, comparable to say, a small window AC unit, for individual room use, up to 4 and 5 ton capacities for “Room By Room” (also known as “Zoning”) and whole house conditioning. With near universal design, mini-splits are “heat pumps” which provide both heating and cooling for a home. Here are key advantages when compared to traditional split systems:

    Efficiency- Mini-splits are highly engineered systems which offer attractive operating efficiencies, in many instances, eligible for utility company rebates.
    Heat Pump- Most mini-split systems are heat pumps, providing year-round comfort.
    Solar friendly- Due to very low power requirements, mini-splits are an ideal complement to “Net Zero Energy” homes, or any home using renewable power.
    Carbon footprint- Mini-splits are 100% electric, with zero operating emissions of any type.
    Zoning- Most mini-split manufacturers offer systems capable of room-by-room “zoning”, to account for peak demands of a room based upon construction type, exposure orientation and usage.
    Variable capacity- Mini-splits are typically DC inverter driven. That is, a variable speed compressor which modulates in proportion to instantaneous demand. Most conventional split systems, by comparison, operate with an ON-OFF strategy. (Would you use an ON-OFF switch as the accelerator in your vehicle?)
    Location, Location, Location!- Mini-split outdoor units are compact; they can be located far away from noise-sensitive areas, such as bedrooms and home offices. Mini-split indoor units have the ability to be installed where conventional systems cannot.
    They’re perfect for additions and remodels where access to current HVAC system is difficult to access.
    Modern mini-split systems are remarkably quiet; in fact, many times their operation is unnoticed by the end user.

  • Why is there ice building up on the copper pipes?

    There can be many reasons why the refrigerant pipes are freezing up but the most common issue is low refrigerant levels. If your AC unit has ice buildup turn off the unit for at least 4 hours and call us at 416-410-0337

  • Furnace is blowing cold air in Winter?

    This can be due to Ignition lockout, sometimes could be resolved by resetting the power  and if this does not resolve the issue you should contact a certified gas technician from A-Plus Quality to get this problem resolved!

  • Why should I maintain my Furnace or AC?

    An annual maintenance will extend the lifetime of your heating and cooling unit. The technician will diagnose and repair any problem with the unit before it fails, so you won't need to worry about any problems when the weather gets very hot in the summer or extremely cold in the winter.

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