Is it worth doing a leak search or should you just replace your air conditioning system?

Posted on July 26, 2021 by Bailey Horlander

Every year we have people calling us asking for air conditioning repair to “fill their air conditioner up with freon/refrigerant” and that they fill it up their hvac system every year. As some of you may know, this is not something you should need to do every year. Refrigerants are not like gas or oil for cars. Refrigerant in an air conditioning system is not supposed to leak. Therefore, the system does not need refrigerant or freon each year. If your system is leaking, that means there is a hole somewhere in your air conditioning system. There is an option to locate where your air conditioner is leaking, but about 90% of leaks are in an area of your system that is non-repairable. That being said, is it worth spending hundreds of dollars for a refrigerant leak search?

1) How old is your hvac system?

This is a good general question.  Most manufacturers offer a 10 year parts warranty for the original homeowners who purchased the equipment (if the hvac company who installed the system registered the equipment to be eligible for the extended warranty), that is only if you have maintained your system through regular maintenance from a trained professional. If the manufacturer deems the system to have been neglected they can void your warranty. Also, if your system is 10 years or older, it may be difficult to get parts required to fix. However, if it is a newer system, the parts should be under warranty. Ask your Heartland Quality expert to check to see if your warranty is still valid.

2) Is your hvac system energy efficient anymore?

If your system is constantly needing repairs or your energy bills keep rising, it may be time to look into some viable options that could save you money! reports that by replacing your system, even at 10 years old, with a more energy efficient one, you could be saving up to 40 percent on your monthly energy bills. That amount over a few years can pay for your new energy efficient system! Especially, if you upgrade your hvac system using our interest free financing options.

3) What kind of refrigerant does your air conditioner require?

As you may have heard by now, the older hvac systems take a different type of refrigerant (aka freon). This older type of refrigerant is known as R22. About 2 years ago, the government banned the production of this type of freon. This ban has made it increasingly more difficult to find, which equates to it being more expensive. This being said, if you have a leaking system that uses R22 it is time to consider options for replacement. You may be able to fix the situation, but it won’t be a long term solution or worth the investment, as the cost of repairing it may be similar to the cost of a new hvac system with a new warranty. 

As you consider repairing or replacing your current system, here are some thoughts to consider. Heartland Quality Heating and Cooling is a company that believes in giving our customers all of their options. If you have questions or would like to book an appointment with a skilled technician, call us at (816) 525-2031.