ABEL Heating and Cooling has been in the business of servicing, repairing and replacing heating and air conditioning units since 1944. Clients have a lot of questions about when they should replace their air conditioning units or just have them repaired. ABEL Heating and Cooling will try to answer those questions.
Air Conditioner replacement is a major expense. How do you know when you need to replace your home or office air conditioning unit or just simply have it repaired? One of the things you have to look at is the efficiency of the model. Efficiency is the measurement of the cost of running the unit in conjunction with quality of the environment that the unit creates.
When the efficiency of the unit is low then, you are paying more to create a comfortable environment then you need to pay. Over time, that additional cost can equal or exceed the cost of a new unit. Sometimes you can increase the efficiency of your air conditioner by having it serviced or repaired. You still have to weigh the efficiency of the current unit to the cost of repair or service and the cost of operation of the unit. If that cost cannot be justified then you should replace the unit with a newer energy efficient model.
Major Repairs vs. Replacement
There is a couple of things to look at when faced with major air conditioner repair issues. The first thing to consider is the age of the unit. Most HVAC units are designed to last about ten years. If your unit is over seven years of age and the cost of repairs are over $1000 then, you might be better off just replacing the unit.
- The second thing to consider is the cost of a new unit. If your unit is over seven years old and in need of major repairs then, it may be cheaper to repair rather than replace. The danger is in the age of the unit. Machines with moving parts tend to experience more episodes of breakdown as they get closer to the end of their life cycle. There is no guarantee that once you pay for major repairs that that unit will not suffer a different catastrophic event.
- When you replace a unit that is no longer under warranty then you have some peace of mind that new air conditioner repairs will be covered with a warranty. Otherwise, you may not be out of the woods simply with repairing a damaged unit.
- Another consideration is the ongoing cost of operating an older unit. Some of the units we encounter are not energy efficient. They are massive consumers of electricity that drives up the cost of cooling your home or business. If you consider the energy efficiency of a brand new air conditioner, you may find that you save money by investing in a new unit.
What to do
The First action that you want to do, when you think your air conditioner needs repair, is to call in the experts. ABEL Heating and Cooling will happily inspect your unit and make an ethical recommendation for you to consider. We will provide you with a comprehensive estimate that includes the cost of air conditioner service and repair in the Minnetonka area. We can also provide you with an estimate of installing a new unit. We always want you to be comfortable with the decision that you make. We have built our company on providing quality services to each customer that we serve.
If you have questions about heating or cooling or your HVAC system, just call us. We are happy to provide you with detailed information in an easy to understand format. We provide service to the great Minneapolis area.