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When Air Conditioner Repair Is Necessary, Make Sure the Sides Match

Posted on: September 18th, 2013 by

When Air Conditioner Repair Is Necessary, Make Sure the Sides MatchThe need for air conditioner repair is common during the long, hot Fort Worth summer, which can take a toll on your air conditioner. You may eventually be looking at a new evaporator or condensing unit to replace an older one, and it’s critically important when replacing one side of your split air conditioning system to make sure the replacement unit matches the side you’re keeping.

A split air conditioning system is comprised of the indoor unit containing the evaporator coil and the outdoor unit containing the condensing coil. When you purchased your system, these two sides were designed to work together to cool your home efficiently. When one side fails before the other, you have two options: replace the ailing unit or replace the whole system. Replacing just one side may be less expensive, but here are some important factors to keep in mind when doing so.

SEER rating
The Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio, or SEER, tells you how efficient your system is. The higher the SEER rating, the more efficient the system. As of 2006, all newly manufactured air conditioners are required to have a SEER rating of at least 13. If your system was manufactured before 2006, it may have a SEER rating lower than 13, which means it will be impossible to replace one side to match the lower SEER of the side that’s staying. A mismatched system will likely result in premature failure and the need for expensive air conditioner repair.

Refrigerant
The R-22 refrigerant that has been used for the past 40 years is being phased out due to its danger to the environment. Many newer systems use non-ozone depleting refrigerant, which won’t work effectively with your current system that uses R-22. Mismatched sides in regards to refrigerant will also prematurely fail.

Although it will be more expensive up front, replacing both sides with newer, more efficient components will likely save you money on air conditioner repair later.

For more expert advice about air conditioner repair or replacement, please feel free to contact us at AirRite, proudly serving the Fort Worth area since 1955.

Our goal is to help educate our customers in the Fort Worth and Arlington, Texas area about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).  For more information, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.

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