You might not think about the air conditioning system in your home until it breaks down. Then, broken air conditioning becomes your constant thought, especially in the summer months, or if you live in the south.
If you’ve faced this scenario with your current AC system more than once, you may be wondering if it’s time to replace that system.
The cost of replacement is high, but so are consistent repair bills. How do you know if you should replace broken air conditioning, or continue to have it repaired?
There are several factors to consider. Read on to learn more.
Age and Condition of Your System
First, consider the age of your system. The average age of an AC unit is 15-20 years, but in places in the south, AC systems need replacing sooner.
Another tip is to multiply the age of the unit by the cost of repair. If that total is more than $5,000.00, then replace the unit.
Be honest about the condition of your unit. Has it been inspected yearly for problems, and has the air filter been changed every three months? If the answer is no, then it’s possible your AC problems may require a total replacement.
Signs of Broken Air Conditioning
Do you notice a lot more dust in your home? Maybe a strange odor? These are signs that your ventilation may not be working as well.
Are your energy bills increasing without other explanation, and your comfort level in the home is decreasing? Your AC unit might need attention.
A new AC unit could save you more in energy costs, which is something to factor in when considering repair or replacement. Newer AC units in the south are required to run on a higher SEER (efficiency) level, thus newer units will save both your wallet and the environment.
Running on Freon?
Freon is a refrigerant substance that has been phased out of use since January of 2020. If your unit is older, it may still be running on this banned substance, and should it leak, it may be difficult and more expensive to find a rare, recycled freon to replace it.
This factor alone may be enough reason to replace your AC unit. Finding a reputable residential ac installation company in your area is the first step when deciding to replace an older unit.
Other Factors to Consider
If you still are unclear about whether to replace or repair your AC, consider some other factors to make a decision, such as:
- Benefits of newer technology, such as a smart thermostat
- Mismatched components from earlier repairs that don’t coordinate
- Rebate incentives offered by AC manufacturers or installers
- Possible upcoming sale of your house
In the end, the decision to repair or replace is a financial one, and, using the above criteria, you should calculate a final cost before making a final choice.
Your HVAC System Is Crucial
Broken air conditioning needs to be handled right away to avoid bigger expenses down the road.
The entire HVAC (heating, ventilating, and cooling,) system along with your roof, electricity, and plumbing are the big maintenance items in any home, so caring for each must be a part of your budget.
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