When deciding if it’s time to replace your air conditioner, you may be tempted to opt for an easy fix option when your system is under-performing. This may actually make sense at the moment, however it might not provide the best value as time goes on.
In this article, we have provided a quick evaluation that will help you decide the best option when thinking about replacing or repairing your air conditioner.
- Energy Efficiency
Most air conditioners are designed to work for 10 years. Air conditioners that are older than this have outdated efficiency. You may have to spend a lot to make your system work normally. This leads to higher utility bills. Thus, the best option is to replace your air conditioning unit once the efficiency keeps falling.
- Age of The Air Conditioning
If your AC is older than 10 years, you may need to replace it. However, there are some factors, apart from the age, that need to be considered. You will find the age of your AC with an inspection sticker on the front or side of your equipment. If this is not so, you can call your building department to find the last time a mechanical inspection was conducted on your property. Technicians can, in most cases, locate the age from the serial number on the air conditioner. The first 4 digits of the number often represent the year and the week or the week and the year, based on the manufacturer.
- Cost of Repairs
This is a major factor that needs to be considered when seeking a new AC unit. A new air conditioner is usually recommended when the repair costs exceed 800 dollars. However, if the system is only 6 years old, 800 dollars is not too much to spend on repairs. Thus, it’s important to consider both the age and cost of repair before deciding whether to replace your air conditioner or not. If your AC is over 10 years and will gulp over 800 dollars for repairs, then you need to replace it.
We have a rule of thumb in the HVAC industry; once the cost of repairs nears 50% of the value of your air conditioner, then you should replace your unit. It will, however be challenging to determine the value of your system.
- Probability of Moving
If you plan to move in the near future, it could affect how you want to proceed with your air conditioner. You may need to replace the unit in some cases so that the value of your home can be increased. New homebuyers prefer updated appliances.
If your air conditioner is still under warranty, then you can have it checked by your local HVAC expert. Based on how severe the repair is or if the issue is warrantable, then you can decide if the unit needs to be repaired or replaced.
At Right Away Heating, we are committed to helping you make the best decisions when it comes to your air cooling unit. We are equipped with the necessary tools to make replacement or repair as easy as possible.