Atlantic Refrigeration & Air Conditioning, Inc Blog: Posts Tagged ‘Air Conditioning Replacement’

When Is an HVAC System Repair TOO Expensive?

Monday, April 13th, 2020

If you’re asking yourself about whether a repair for your faulty HVAC system is too costly, it’s either because a) your heater is starting to fail at the end of the season after a long winter, or b) you’re concerned about your old air conditioning system and if it will manage the coming summer weather.

In either case, you’re already asking the right question. Repairs for an HVAC system early on in its service life are usually worth the price, and many will fall under the warranty. With older systems that are out of warranty, price becomes a bigger concern. The cost to fix an older AC, furnace, boiler, or heat pump is often steeper, and you may be on the edge of purchasing a new system. Is the cost of a repair worthwhile, or is the repair too expensive and it’s finally time for a replacement system?

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Is It Time to Replace My Air Conditioner?

Monday, June 10th, 2019

trane-condenser-backyardAs the summer starts, you may have concerns about the performance of your air conditioning system and whether it’s better to have a new one installed this year. You may have noticed the AC didn’t work as well as you wanted last summer, or perhaps you think that the unit is old enough that continuing with repairs will be a bigger money drain.

We’re glad you’re turning over these ideas in your head, because it shows you’re paying attention to your home’s air conditioning in Dover, DE. It’s smart to keep a watch on an air conditioner so you can have problems dealt with before they become even bigger problems—such as an emergency breakdown during one of the hottest days of the summer.

The best way to answer the question in the title is to call our professionals to consult with them about your AC’s future. Below we’ve given you some of the major warning signs of an AC ready to retire so you’ll have a better idea of what job you’ll need our technicians to do.

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Repair or Replace Your Faulty Air Conditioning System?

Monday, October 2nd, 2017

air-conditioning-repairWe’ve come to the end of air conditioning season, as temperatures fall and heating system take over the responsibility of keeping your home comfortable. That makes now an excellent time to evaluate the state of an older air conditioner, especially if it needs repairs or is suffering from similar problems. With air conditioning no longer needed for several months, you can decide if your existing system can continue with a repair job, or if you need to talk about replacement.

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When Does Your AC Require Replacement?

Monday, June 26th, 2017

air-conditioning-repairSummer is here, and if your air conditioner is on its last legs, now is the time to replace it with a new one. Doing so will allow you to take advantage of all the benefits a new system provides at the beginning of summer, instead of having to suffer through the hottest part of the year with a system that really isn’t up to snuff. It also means not having to deal with an unexpected breakdown in the middle of the summer, when temperatures are hottest and you can ill afford to go without proper air conditioning for even a few hours.

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Should Your Air Conditioner Be Replaced?

Monday, April 3rd, 2017

Spring is a good time to make an assessment of your older air conditioner and determine if it needs to be replaced. Years of service usually take their toll on older systems, and months of sitting unused during the winter mean that dust and other contaminants can build up as well. If your air conditioner is ready to be put out to pasture, now is the time to do so. Otherwise, you risk a final, fatal breakdown in the middle of summer just when you need the system the most, forcing you to scramble to get a replacement put into place. Replacing your system now gives you the luxury of time to plan and the flexibility to schedule the replacement when you want, instead of what necessity dictates. Finally, it allows you to enjoy the benefits of a new system immediately, help you save money and worry during the summer when you really need it.

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Is It Time for a New Air Conditioner?

Monday, August 22nd, 2016

August here in Bridgeville, DE is the ideal time to give your air conditioner an honest assessment. If it’s getting older and evincing problems, several months or regular activity is going to highlight them in start relief. At the same time, fall is just around the corner, and if you decide you need to replace your older system with a new one, you’ll have all winter to find the system best suited to your home and scheduling a replacement session at leisure. You’re the only one who can decide if your air conditioner’s race is run, but we usually point to three specific criteria to help you make up your mind.

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What is a SEER Rating and How Does It Affect my Air Conditioner?

Monday, August 10th, 2015

If you’re in the market for a new air conditioner, you may have heard the term “SEER rating” to describe the unit’s efficiency. The term stands for Season Energy Efficiency Ratio, and it’s a convenient way to measure how much an air conditioner is going to cost you to run when you have it installed. That’s a significant consideration, especially considering Dover, DE’s hot and muggy summers. Understanding the SEER rating is important to making an informed choice for a new air conditioner. A trained professional can help you with the specifics, but a brief overview of what the rating means makes a good place to start.

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When Is It Time to Replace Your Commercial Air Conditioning System?

Monday, April 6th, 2015

It is difficult to run a business without a proper AC system in place to keep the people on your commercial property as comfortable as possible in the summer months. But when the weather outside is still chilly, it’s difficult to think about the state of your commercial air conditioning system. Replace your system as early on as possible, particularly if you experience any of the following problems on your property.

  • Frequent Repairs – Do you find that your unit needs repairs far too frequently? Are you sick of replacing a new component every time a technician visits your business? It may be time for an upgrade. The components of an air conditioner work best when every part inside is designed to work together. So when you put a newer part on an older unit, it still cannot operate efficiently and that newer part may simply wear out faster than it should. After a number of years, replacing the entire system is simply a better choice.
  • Short Cycling – Does your unit turn on frequently only to turn off very shortly afterwards? This is known as short cycling, and it affects systems with faulty compressors or units that are too large for the space they cool. With packaged rooftop air conditioning units, you may only need to have a technician remove a module to correct a sizing issue. In other cases, however, replacement is necessary, which is a much higher risk if the compressor suffers damage.
  • High Energy Bills – Of course, the energy bills are high enough as it is on a commercial property. But many business owners these days strive towards a more energy efficient workspace. If you are concerned about the environmental impact of your AC, or if you just want to pay less from month to month, consider replacing your unit with an energy efficient model.

Don’t wait until the cooling season is in full swing before calling your local technicians for new commercial specialists. Call an expert today, and keep in mind that it takes a commercial specialist to service a complex commercial unit.

Call the experts at Atlantic Refrigeration for commercial air conditioning installation or service in Dover, DE.

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Why Consider Different Options for an Air Conditioning Replacement?

Friday, March 20th, 2015

Have you come to realize that your air conditioner is no longer satisfying your cooling needs? Has your system finally broken down entirely, or is just requiring repairs to frequently to justify continuing on with them? If so, then contact the Berlin, MD air conditioning replacement pros at Atlantic Refrigeration. Not only do our technicians have the skill and expertise that they need to replace your air conditioner properly, but they can replace it with a variety of different options. That is why you should seriously consider your various options when in the market for an air conditioning replacement.

The number of different air conditioning systems on the market today can be a bit overwhelming. However, it can really pay off in the long run to weigh your options carefully before rushing into your AC replacement. There are a few different reasons as to why you should take your time when choosing your new system. The first is, of course, to find the system which best suits your personal preferences and usage habits.

Many homeowners inherit their HVAC systems with their homes, meaning that the system they use is not necessarily the one best suited to their needs. By switching things up when replacing your air conditioner with a different type of system, you may be able to live more comfortably and conveniently. Take, for instance, a homeowner sensitive to airborne pollutants. Because pollutants can circulate throughout one’s home via air ducts, if they infiltrate the system, opting for a ductless AC may be a good option to consider.

Efficiency levels, as well as environmental concerns, are another strong reason for carefully considering your AC replacement options. Both heat pumps and geothermal HVAC systems cool homes by removing heat from the air in the house, and then redistributing that conditioned air back throughout the livinng space with ductwork. However, such systems are also able to reverse their refrigerant flow, allowing them to transfer heat back into your home during the colder time of the year. This is incredibly efficient, as far as heating a home goes, and allows for year round comfort with just one convenient system.

As you can see, there are numerous good reasons for not simply replacing your AC with the exact same type of system when the time comes for a full replacement. Some homeowners may choose to do so, of course, and there is nothing wrong with that.

We here at Atlantic Refrigeration just advise you to take the time to consider your options, and to schedule your air conditioning replacement in Berlin, MD with a member of our staff.

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Indications That You Need Air Conditioning Replacement

Tuesday, August 5th, 2014

The average lifespan for an air conditioning system is 10-12 years, so it is likely that you will need to replace yours at some point. Replacing your air conditioner offers you the opportunity to install a system that is more energy efficient, better for the environment and can better meet your cooling needs. Atlantic Refrigeration has helped many customers in Dover with air conditioning replacement, and, as such, we know the signs of a failing system. Here are some more common ones of which to be aware:

  • Your home isn’t comfortable – do you have a hard time keeping your home cool, or are there hot and cold spots throughout? This could be the sign of an aging or incorrectly-sized system. In either case, your comfort is compromised, which negates having an air conditioner at all.
  • Your air conditioner is more than 10 years old – according to, today’s air conditioners can be as much as 60% more efficient than ones from just 10 years ago. Part of the reason for this is that in 2006, federal guidelines mandated that the minimum SEER number be raised from 10 to 13. Considering you can save up to 5% per SEER point in energy costs, upgrading your system can lead to substantial savings.
  • You’re facing expensive repairs – if you are facing a repair that financially would cover a large part of the cost of a new system, it may be time to consider full replacement. 
  • Constant repairs – is your air conditioner constantly breaking down? Are you calling for air conditioning repair frequently because another problem has developed with your system? Repair costs can add up, and it may not make sense to keep paying for them on an aging unit.
  • You air conditioner uses R-22 (Freon) – R-22 is being phased out by the federal government; for now, if your AC uses with Freon, you can recharge it if needed, but prices on it are rising rapidly. Additionally, if your air conditioner uses Freon, you’ll have to replace the system by 2020 because Freon will no longer be available. As such, if you’re having continued problems with your R-22 refrigerant, you are probably paying more money for the repairs simply because it’s R-22. Both problems may make it worthwhile to replace now.

When It’s Time to Replace, Call an Expert

Choosing, sizing and installing a new air conditioner take into account many important factors, which is why it’s important to work with a trained professional from start to finish.

If it’s time for air conditioning replacement in your Dover home, call the people you can trust: Atlantic Refrigeration.

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