When summer reaches its peak heat, it’s important to have an air conditioning system that works well. You want your home to stay nice and cool, and your energy usage to be at a minimum. Of course, like any other mechanical equipment, you can expect that your system need some minor fixes on occasion. But, if the AC repairs for your Paramus, NJ home have gotten out of hand, it might be time to think about a new system. An article on the Angie’s List website provides some insights into whether you should repair or replace.

The article points out how to know if AC repair is the way to go for your Paramus, NJ home. First and foremost, you should consider the age of your system. If your system is older (more than 10 years old) it could be time. If you have an older system and you’ve noticed a hike in your utility bills, it’s just not working as efficiently as it should. Couple that with expensive air conditioning repair costs, and a new system may actually end up saving you money.

Here are a few more things to think about when it comes to AC repair for your Paramus, NJ home.

Consider the 5000 rule.

To do this, simply multiply the age of your system times the cost of the repair. For instance, if the repair is $200, and your system is 10 years old, that equals 2000. Since it’s less than 5000, you should go for the AC repair. If, however the repair would cost $650, that would equal 6000 – meaning you should consider installing a new system.

Evaluate your system’s energy efficiency.

Air conditioning systems, especially ones that haven’t been properly maintained, decrease in efficiency as the years go by. Not to mention, older systems are often more inefficient, simply due to the fact that technologies weren’t available when they were originally manufactured. If you’re paying a lot more for your energy bills during the summer months, and those costs have steadily increased over recent years, your system is probably just old and tired.

Think about refrigerant.

Many people don’t know what type of refrigerant their AC system uses. Most older systems use R-22, a form of refrigerant commonly called Freon. You may not know this, but Freon is currently being phased out, because it is damaging to the ozone layer. That means, there is much less Freon to go around, and it’s becoming a lot more expensive. So, if your older system uses R-22 and has a refrigerant leak, this can be a costly fix – and isn’t great for the environment, either.

Of course, if your system’s issues are minor, and you’re generally comfortable in your home and your energy usage is normal, then you probably only need AC repair in your Paramus, NJ home. In that case, you need an expert to help get you the best quality repairs for the price. When you count on GRC Mechanical Services to help, we’ll get you the help you need. Our technicians are highly trained to offer you the best air conditioning repair services available.

Whether you need repair, are considering AC replacement, or simply want to know how you can prolong the life of your system, GRC Mechanical can help with any air conditioning need. Simply call us at 1-800-651-8222, and we will be happy to discuss the AC repair needs of your Paramus, NJ home – and whether replacement is a better option.