Whether ‘tis nobler in the mind to replace your malfunctioning air conditioner and suffer the slings and arrows of outrageous comfort.
Ahem, pardon our Shakespearean, but this question does deserve a soliloquy of its own. Where must the line be drawn, between an air conditioner that’s just having a bad time and an AC that needs an entire replacement?
Fortunately for you (and unfortunately for Hamlet), there’s a pretty well-established answer to this question. AC technicians who perform air conditioning service in Savannah, GA use a set of criteria to know when an AC unit is on its last legs, or when it just needs a couple of fixes to be at its best. Sometimes these criteria can be unknown to homeowners, and it comes as a surprise to them when it’s recommended that their old, faithful air conditioner should be replaced.
So, let’s help you get acquainted with that criteria.
Determining whether or not your AC should be replaced or repaired depends on some categories that you should always be thinking about. How old is my AC? How well does it cool my house? It’s a great idea to start asking yourself these questions while you look at the list below.
- Age. This is a huge determining factor to consider when deciding between replacement or repairs. Many homeowners don’t know that an air conditioner is only supposed to live for 10-15 years. Beyond that, it gets increasingly expensive to repair and it lags behind in efficiency which ultimately costs you more money.
- Effective Cooling Power. This is the whole point of having an air conditioner, right? If it doesn’t cool your home effectively, why do you use it? If you start to notice warm spots, or that no matter how much you repair your AC, it still doesn’t cool off your home- you should consider a replacement.
- Utility Bills. Utility bills are where you can see just how inefficient your old AC is and how much a replacement would be an improvement. Are your energy bills running higher every year and you can’t feel the difference? That’s a good sign that no matter how many repairs you make, your AC is going to need a replacement.
- Repair Cost. A general rule of thumb that’s good to follow, is if your AC repairs in total cost more than half the cost of a brand new AC- it will generally start to save you money if you buy the new one.
- Frequency of Repairs. If AC repairs are starting to bug you every single year, that could be a warning that there’s a replacement in your future. The headaches of constant repairs are just not worth it.
- Size. An incorrectly sized AC can be an expensive problem that requires an entire system replacement to fix. So if you keep hearing that your AC is too large or too small, you’re going to want to replace it.
So, there you have it. Every homeowner is going to be different, so make sure this list matches your priorities on what matters the most for your home, budget, or family.
When it comes to your AC repair or replacement, allow us to do a quality job at a fair price. Contact AAction Air Conditioning & Heating Co. Inc.