Check these factors before deciding whether its time to

Replace or Repair your Air Conditioner

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A/C pros say you should consider age and the frequency of repairs.

The 5,000 rule

Multiply the age of the equipment by the repair cost, and if that exceeds $5,000, then replace the unit. If less, go ahead and repair it.

Example: A 10-year-old unit with a $350 repair equals $3,500. It’s OK to repair.

Consider the age of your A/C

The age of the heating and cooling unit plays a critical factor in the decision to repair or replace.

Energy efficiency matters

Recent advances in A/C technology have greatly improved energy efficiency. Energy Star recommends upgrading to an energy-efficient unit if your current central air conditioner is 10 or more years old.

R-22 can influence your options

If an A/C unit requires additional refrigerant  — it signals there’s a coolant leak.

Topping off a system with R-22 refrigerant, known as Freon, costs as much as $70 to more than $175 per pound — which may also include the cost of the service call. Fixing the leak and putting in several pounds of refrigerant can cost $550 to $1,000, HVAC pros say.

“A unit that takes R-22 that develops a leak should probably be replaced,” experts says. “Once you get a leak, the compressor (which can cost up to $2,000) will usually go out eventually.”

Repairing a leak, adding refrigerant and replacing a compressor can cost about the same as buying a new, low-end unit.

R-22 prices, meanwhile, have soared in recent years due to the EPA’s eventual phaseout. HVAC manufacturers stopped making units “charged” with R-22 in 2010. Production of R-22 will end 2020.

R-410A, a more environmentally friendly refrigerant, will replace it.

Other factors affecting the repair/replace decision

Aside from the unit’s age, a few other signs can signal it’s time to replace your air conditioner, according to Energy Star. Consider how frequently you make repairs, whether your energy bills are rising or if your home is too hot in the summer.

How long are you going to live in the house, and what are your utilities like? If the unit is older and the repair is a couple hundred dollars, it may not be worth fixing.

If you do buy a new, energy efficient Air Conditioner – which costs $3,900 to $11,200 – Energy Star estimates a 20 percent savings on heating and cooling costs.

On the other hand, some HVAC technicians say if it’s not broken, don’t fix it. If your system shows no leaks and your energy bills are low, Hamlin sees no reason to replace it.

To gauge the condition of your existing A/C, schedule an inspection with an Edwards Air Technician to get a true Diagnosis of your system.

Call to speak to an Advisor to discuss the option of Repair or Replace your Air Conditioner

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The Phase-Out of R22

The Phase-Out of R22

R22 Phaseout

R-22, also known as chlorodifluoromethane is the old standard for residential air conditioners, now being phased out by the U.S. There is an R22 phase out coming to its end in 2020.

To protect the Earth’s ozone layer, the EPA ordered the phaseout of the refrigerant R22. In 2010, production of units needing to be charged with R22. There was 90% reduction in its production in 2015 and all production of R22 will be ceased in 2020. The prices of R22 refrigerant will increase due to its limited production, even though the remaining quantities can still be sold. The cost can be increased by 3 to 4 times its original price. It is important to note that only production, not use will be phased out.

What to Do If Your Current System Uses R22

There are more environmentally-friendly options to use as the refrigerant for your system if it takes R22. While it is not recommended to use alternate refrigerants in a system requiring R22, it can be a temporary fix. While this solution may work for awhile, Edward’s Air recommends upgrading to a newer, higher efficiency air conditioning unit. The newer units will use the environmentally-friendly R410A refrigerant. These newer systems will also save you in energy costs as well. Keep several factors in mind when choosing a new air conditioning system. Efficiency, performance, reliability, cost, and refrigerant used.

Edward’s Air Conditioning

Edward’s Air is an authorized Trane dealer and we also sell Goodman air conditioning units. Edwards Air also takes pride in being a green company. Because protecting the environment is a priority, when installing your new air conditioner system, our qualified technicians use the latest green techniques while following current green standards. We go as far as recycling your old AC unit in an environmentally friendly manner. Is it time to repair or replace your air conditioning unit? We do the job right, and we do it right the first time around. Bottom line, we pride ourselves in the quality of our top air conditioning service work. All our technicians are factory trained. Their training covers all aspects of AC installations and AC repairs to make sure that everything will work properly the first time around.

Why Choose Us

  • 24 Hour Emergency Service
  • Background Checked Technicians
  • Convenient Appointment Times
  • Upfront Pricing
  • Exceptional Service Guarantee


Edwards Air Enterprise is a family-owned and operated business that has been providing A/C replacements, repairs, maintenance and duct cleaning for over 27 years. Our company is well-known in the communities we serve for providing professional service at a reasonable price on all brands and models of air conditioners. We know treating our customers exceptionally well is the key to a successful business and the reason for our repeat business and referrals.

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Jupiter, FL 33458

Phone: (561)-747-5795