When your HVAC system breaks down, you have the choice to either repair or replace it. How many times has this happened to you? It’s time for your spring air conditioning maintenance check. You’ve been doing a fantastic job remembering to change your filter regularly as well as staying on top of all required ac maintenance checks, yet your ac still breaks down in the middle of the summer.
This happens to most people when their air conditioners are getting up there in age. There comes a point when ac unit repair or ac compressor replacement isn’t cutting it anymore and it may be time to consider air conditioning replacement. So how do you know when you have hit the point of complete ac replacement? Knowing when to either repair or replace your AC system can be a financial balancing act between making money to fix what you already have, or investing in a completely new, more efficient, system.
Several warning signs will pop up to let you know it’s time for a complete HVAC overhaul:
- The need for frequent air conditioner repairs – One of the most obvious signs that it’s time for air conditioning replacement is the need for constant air conditioner repairs, especially when those repairs get progressively more expensive. Sure you can patch up your AC every time it breaks down, but it won’t be long until you must replace it completely. While it may cost more money for new central air installation upfront, you are saving money by eliminating the need for continuously costly repair.
- Temperature inconsistencies – Temperature inconsistencies in your home are another sign that it may be time for AC replacement. If there are rooms in your home that can’t stay cool while you have rooms that are releasing too much air, you may have one of three problems; air conditioner malfunction, poor insulation, or issues with the ductwork.
- An aging air conditioner – The most common reason that people need air conditioner repair happens to also be one of the simplest; your air conditioner is just old! Most air conditioners are not designed to last more than roughly 10 years. Once your AC gets much older than that, you will need to consider air conditioner replacement sooner than later. Replacing aging and worn-out air conditioner can have several benefits including increased energy efficiency (resulting in lower electric bills), improved indoor air quality, and reduced carbon emissions. Not to mention cutting down on any heating repair service when the cold temperatures hit.
Are you still on the fence about getting an air conditioner replacement or a new central air conditioning installation? Just think about how much time it would take before a new air conditioner pays for itself when it comes to energy and repair cost savings? Only when repair makes no sense do we recommend replacement.