When your air conditioner begins to underperform due to age, wear, or whatever else, you are faced with a big decision. Do you tough it out and continue putting up with your system’s constant failures or do you invest in brand new, more efficient AC?
In some cases, you may be able to get your system running as good as new with professional AC maintenance or a minor AC repair. In such a case, replacing your system would not be the most cost-effective choice. However, there are circumstances in which investing in a new system will end up saving you money in the long run, and also improve your overall comfort.
If you’re on the fence about whether to repair or replace your home AC, here’s a guide to help you make the right decision.
3 Signs It’s Time to Replace Your Air Conditioner
1. Your AC breaks down frequently, even when serviced by a professional
If you see your HVAC technician more often than your neighbors, it might be time to surrender. When an air conditioner starts to give out due to age or wear, rarely will it ever make a full recovery. Your air conditioner is speaking to you, and it’s saying, “I’m done.”
Even if the issues are minor, the cost of repeated breakdowns can add up to something significant. Plus, coming home from work each day wondering whether or not your AC will be working is not an ideal situation for anyone. At this point, replacing your unit will not only save you money but also time.
2. The cost of a single breakdown is half or more of what it would cost to replace your AC altogether
You might think replacing your air conditioner will be expensive, but repairing it could be, too. Use the 50 percent rule to determine the most cost-efficient approach. If repairing a breakdown is going to cost 50 percent or more of what it would cost to simply say goodbye to your old system and hello to something shiny, new, and more energy efficient, then it’s time to replace your AC.
3. Your AC is more than seven years old
Whether your system is breaking down frequently or one major repair is going to cost you a lot, the advantages of replacing your air conditioner multiply if it is more than seven years old. The AC industry is ever evolving, meaning systems designed today are more energy efficient and high performing than those designed just a few years ago. So, by opting to replace an aging system, you’ll not only restore your home’s comfort level but also greatly improve it.
Improve Your Home’s Comfort Today
Whether you’ve decided to repair your air conditioner, replace it with a new one, or you’re still undecided, Complete Air Mechanical is here to help. Our experienced technicians will be happy to provide an honest recommendation on the most sensible, cost-effective decision regarding your system.