The air conditioner is an important part of any home set up, especially if you live in a hot area or would like to regulate the temperature of your home more for the comfort of your family. If your air conditioner has broken down, perhaps multiple times now, you may be wondering whether you should repair it again or replace it. Living with a broken air conditioner can cause many issues. Not only will you find it nigh on impossible to get comfortable in your home, but you may also find that your utility bills suddenly go through the roof. These are both signs that something needs to be done.
It can be extremely costly to replace your air conditioner, so below there are some questions you should consider before making the decision to do so.
Below, you’ll find advice that can help you find the best solution. To repair, or replace? Read on to learn more.
Have You Considered Energy Efficiency?
Thinking of energy efficiency can help you to save money and be kinder to the environment simultaneously. You should switch to a more energy efficient model if your unit is more than 10 years old. As a general rule, units that are 15 years or older should definitely be replaced, as they tend to have an average lifespan is around 14 years. Older units will drain your wallet and aren’t as kind to the environment.
If you do buy a new energy-efficient A/C unit, Energy Star estimates a 20% savings on heating and cooling costs.
How Old Is Your Unit?
We just told you that the average unit lasts around 14 years – so how old is your air conditioning unit? This isn’t just to determine whether you should fork out on a new one.
There’s an actual sum you can use to help you figure out if your A/C needs repairing or replacing. You just take the age of the equipment and multiply that by the repair cost. If the number is more than $5,000, then you should consider replacement. A pretty handy sum to remember next time you have an issue.
You Can Also Ask Yourself the Following Questions:
- How frequently have you been making repairs? – Make a note of them and the cost. They could add up in the long run and you may find it’s more worth your while to replace.
- Is your home too hot during the summer? – Staying cool and comfortable during summer is important for any homeowner.
- Are your energy bills rising? – You shouldn’t be spending more than you need to on your utility bills. Again, these costs can add up.
You’ve Made Numerous Repairs
If you find yourself making repairs more often than you’d like, it could be worth replacing your unit. Short term costs may not seem as bad as forking out thousands for a new A/C, but in the long term, you’ll save both hassle and money.
You Don’t Feel Comfortable in Your Home
If your home gets too hot during the summertime, you’re probably not going to feel comfortable. You can wear loose, sweat-wicking clothing, but if your unit simply isn’t meeting the needs of you and your family, then purchasing a new one is a good investment.
High Utility Bill Costs
Having energy bills that are too high can be a worry. It is to be expected over time, though, as an A/C unit becomes less efficient and has to work harder to do its job. Even if the unit is fully functioning, you may find that the costs become too high to handle eventually. This is indeed a very good reason to invest in a new A/C unit.
What Do the Experts Say?
Many HVAC technicians may tell you that if your unit is not broken, you shouldn’t bother replacing it. If your system doesn’t have any leaks and your energy bills are still fair, there may be no reason to replace it after all. Keep this in mind even when considering the age of your unit. If you’re still unsure, speaking to a local HVAC technician will help you.
Keep in Mind: R-22 May Influence Your Options
A unit that takes R-22 and develops a leak should probably be replaced. Topping off a system with R-22 refrigerant, known as Freon, costs as much as $40 – $175 or more per pound. If your unit needs several pounds of R-22, it can cost up to $1000 a time.
Plus, R-22 refrigerant is actually being phased out now. Production of R-22 will end in 2020. Units that currently have R-22 refrigerant are hard to find parts for because they are no longer being manufactured. This means repairs may be extra costly, and it’s probably a better idea to simply replace your unit.
In fact, repairing a leak on a unit that uses R-22 might actually cost the same as buying a brand new low-end unit.
Conclusion: Should You Replace or Repair Your Air Conditioner?
The only true way you can get a feel for the condition of your current unit is to schedule an inspection with a trusted, experienced HVAC technician in your area. You may consider everything mentioned above and still be none the wiser. Bogner Sheet Metal has over 70 years experience combined and a top quality rated service.
Get in touch with Bogner Sheet Metal today for a quote and to see how we can help you!