Replacing Your Central Air Conditioner

What you need to know about replacing an old, broken air-conditioner.

Whether or not to repair or replace an older, failing AC unit is a timeless question. When your old air conditioner fails, the first necessary step to undertake is to figure our whether it can be fixed, or whether or not the entire system will need replacing. We’re experts at assessing and fixing failing AC systems, and can help you determine what needs to be done to get your AC up and running for the winter.

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Some background information on air conditioners might be helpful in understanding our process.  An air conditioner has two main parts: an evaporator and a condenser, of which only the condenser is visible. The condenser is visible in all AC units, and sits outside the house squeezing heat out into the outside air. The evaporator on the other hand, sits inside your ductwork and absorbs heat from the inside into the refrigerant. Usually when your AC breaks or fails, it’s the condenser that is the culprit since there are so many things that can happen to that external portion.

If you’re going to replace one of these parts, it’s best to replace the other as well. Condensers and evaporators are notoriously bad at adjusting to each other if not properly matched, meaning that one has the potential to mess up the other’s functioning if they are not selected carefully. Thankfully, it’s not too difficult to match these two components, as when you install a new air conditioners, you can see the ARI Reference Number page and match the SEER ratings of both parts to each other.

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Older models of AC units have 6,8 or 10 SEER ratings, and it’s next to impossible to find parts for them on the market. Since the world of air conditioning has changed so drastically, air conditioning units made more than eight or so years ago are very difficult to repair unless the problem is very simple. Modern 13 SEER air conditioners are similarly impossible to match with the lower rated units, which is why its most often simply easier and cheaper to throw out your old and failing unit and replace it with a new one. The following resources may help you with some of the technical information needed to make an informed decision.

The benefits of a new Air-Conditioner:

Older models of Air-Conditioners can be as much as two times as inefficient as modern ones. Even a lower-end new model which operates at 13 SEER uses half the electricity that an older one which operates at below 10 SEER. Currently, 13 SEER is standard minimum enforced by Canadian law, which offers 30% lower cooling bills than previous minimums. A newer 13 or 16 SEER model can reduce cooling expenses by up to 60%, and can double your energy savings. In addition,  replacement may qualify you for Ontario rebates. Before you think about a replacement, consider the current state of your air-conditioner, and it’s efficacy. Some of the benefits of a new unit include:

  • improves your home’s energy efficiency
  • qualifies you for rebates
  • will make up for it’s cost in a few years, depending on how frequently you use it