Asheville, NC Air Conditioning Tip: Repair or Replace

Knowing whether you should repair or replace your air conditioning system can be difficult. Short of a total and permanent breakdown of your AC, there are numerous factors to consider. Most of all, you need your cooling system to perform well no matter what the outside temperature is, and to do so efficiently, using only minimal energy. Repairs are a necessary part of owning a home, and the same goes for your air conditioner. But if your AC does not work as well as it should, or if it requires frequent repairs, then you might want to consider replacing it. With that in mind, let’s look at a few problems that you might encounter with your AC.

  • Frozen coils: During the refrigerant cycle, your evaporator and condenser coils both absorb and dissipate thermal energy drawn from your home. As the evaporator cools the air, the moisture in the air condenses on the coils and drains away. The reason why you might have frost on the coils is because if you have an airflow issue, that moisture can freeze. This is often caused by a clogged air filter. This isn’t typically cause for replacement, but it depends on the nature of the problem.
  • Low refrigerant: When it was installed, your AC was “charged” with a certain amount of refrigerant that moves through a cycle of compressor, condenser, expansion valve, and evaporator. The cooling process does not expend refrigerant, so it should always be the same. If the level becomes low, it’s most likely because of a leak somewhere in the coils. This can happen as a result of a puncture or corrosion. Depending on where the leak is, different parts of your unit might need to be replaced. If you need to replace the whole evaporator coil, then it might make more sense to just install a new AC entirely if your current unit is old or suffering other issues.
  • Frequent repairs and old age: If your AC is having difficulty producing adequate cooling, on top of frequent repairs and old age, then you should probably consider replacement. It may make more financial sense in the long-term to invest in the future of your comfort. A new air conditioner will probably perform better and be more energy efficient.

Call Comfort Central today for comprehensive Asheville, NC air conditioning services, including repair and replacement. We can help you make the right decision for your cooling needs and budget.

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