Air conditioning units are one of the most important appliances in homes today, keeping you cool during the hot summer months. However, as the summer in the Valley of the Sun drags on, many homeowners will find that their AC units are exhibiting signs of wear and tear and may not be as efficient as they once were.
If you are starting to wonder if it would be better to replace or repair your current AC unit, here are a few tips to help you decide.
The number one factor to consider when deciding whether or not an AC unit needs to be repaired or replaced is the age of the unit. Technology has come a long way in the last few years, and even if the unit can be repaired, there is no guarantee that the repair will last or that you won’t have an endless list of new repairs year after year.
A new unit can get rid of the repair headaches and help you save money if you choose an Energy Star-rated model. While the initial cost of a new unit may be higher than a repair, it will save you money in the long run. The expected lifespan for most HVAC units is just under 15 years, so if you know your unit is approaching that age it may be time to start shopping for replacements.
Type of Repair Needed
Many times older units simply need to be recharged with Freon (R-22) to restore them to normal functioning. However, most companies charge by the pound for the Freon they replace in your unit, and a shortage of Freon is generally a sign of a leak somewhere inside the unit. Fixing the leak may add hundreds or even thousands of dollars to your repair cost.
In addition, a unit that has been operated while low on Freon may have sustained damage to the compressor as well. Typically you can weigh the cost of annual repairs based on the age of your unit, and determine whether or not you will be better off replacing the unit. For example, if the unit is only 5-8 years old, the cost of repair may be low enough to make sense; but, if the unit is 12 years old and the repairs are going to cost several thousand dollars, you should just replace it.
Day & Night Air Conditioning
If you are asking yourself, “When should I replace my AC?” or if you are currently staring down multiple quotes for repairs, it is time to make a tough decision.
Keep in mind that the current age and condition of your unit will be the biggest determinant of whether you should repair or replace it. What may seem like a small repair could actually be a sign of a larger failure coming in the future, and you don’t want to waste time and money patching up an older unit year after year when you would have been better off replacing it.
Let Day & Night Air Conditioning help you with your decision. We work with customers every day to determine whether repair or replacement would be best for their situation and we are confident we can help you with your AC needs. Please contact us today!