Is it Time to Replace or repair My Air Conditioner?

Homeowners often get confused whether to have their air conditioner replaced or repaired. You might have paid an HVAC repair professional to inspect and fix any issues with your A/C unit but a few weeks later, the unit seems to have other issues and cannot work properly. That’s where the question to replace or repair your A/C comes in. While there are times when it may be necessary and beneficial to repair your A/C unit, there comes a time when it’s no longer an option and you have to replace it.

So, where do you begin? How will you know it’s time to replace your air conditioner? That’s what this article covers. First of all, understand that replacing your air conditioner will require some good amount of money. That’s why experts recommend and advise homeowners to maintain their AC units to ensure longevity in service. Here’s a guideline to help you make the right choice, whether to repair or replace your unit.

What’s the age of your A/C unit?

The first thing to consider is the economic life of your air conditioner. When an A/C unit exceeds its economic life, it becomes more costly to repair replacing it. Large commercial units have a lifespan of about 125 years while that of split units is about 7 years. Systems that are more than ten years old might cost you more money due to energy inefficiency and lack of the appropriate parts. Note that most manufacturers carry parts for air conditioner units for a period, not more than 7 years. At about 15 years of age, your A/C units will develop more problems and even break-down more often. The best way is to replace the unit rather than repairing it.

Maintenance and Condition of your A/C unit

How often do you service and maintain your air conditioner unit? If you don’t maintain your A/C unit, it will most likely develop issues and even have a shorter service life. A poorly maintained unit will be inefficient especially when it comes to energy consumption and performance. Consider cleaning the filters every 3 months. If your system is used more often, cleaning should be done more frequently. Find an HVAC technician to service your unit every year.

Energy Efficiency Matters

One of the things to consider when buying a new air conditioner unit is its energy efficiency rating. You should purchase an A/C unit with a higher rating as this will save you more money compared to other models. Installing an energy efficient A/C unit will use less electricity and energy to heat or cool your home. Over the years, there has been an increase in A/C efficiency (about 10 to 30 percent). What does this mean? You can see that getting a new A/C unit would be a better option than repairing an old one.

According to HVAC experts, one should consider replacing his or her air conditioner because of the cost of repairs and the age of the unit. A new unit might cost you between $4,500 and $7,500 depending on the model, brand, and location. Note that this is exclusive of the ductwork. If the cost of repairing your existing air conditioner seems to be very high, it’s better to replace it.

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