Murphy’s Law states that your air conditioner will never breakdown on a cool spring day or a slightly warm but comfortable afternoon in the late fall, when you can open the windows and use a fan to stay cool until you casually decide how to proceed after chatting with a few contractors about prices and options. No, instead it breaks down during the sweltering heat of late July or August.
And that makes sense, as you’re running your air conditioner more often during those months and that can be hard on a unit, especially an older one. The older unit is typically the one that raises the question of whether it would be better to repair your existing unit or go ahead and replace it. It’s a big decision, and possibly a big purchase, that requires a bit of thought and consideration before you make up your mind about how to proceed.
Why to Repair
The obvious reasons for repair is if it’s new enough to still be under warranty, or still new enough that your homeowner’s insurance says they will only pay for repairs. If you’re generally happy with the amount of cooling your air conditioner provides, and the monthly bill you receive for that cooling, you’re probably going to want a repair rather than the expense of a full replacement.
When to Replace
A general rule of thumb for replacement is twelve years. That’s very general, an average, not exactly a specific number as to when you should replace the unit you own. Some units might be dead after five years, others can keep pumping out fresh air after thirty. It’s a matter of how well the unit was maintained, and that includes things outside of your control such as the quality of air and amount of pollution in your neighborhood.
The bottom line… What does it cost, including repairs, to run your current A/C system, and what is it going to cost to replace that system with an energy efficient new one? Then there is convenience, what is it worth to you to save on replacement costs but swelter in August heat while waiting for repairs?
You can trust that a professional HVAC company is aware of these issues, and will offer advice in your best interest as to how to address these issues.