Your air conditioner is an important appliance for your home. That’s why it needs to be kept in good condition! However, like all appliances, it stops functioning the way you want it to and that is when you must decide whether you should repair it or simply replace it altogether. To help you out settle the old “replace or repair?” dilemma, the pros at American Air, Plumbing & Electric have prepared a guide on how you can know it’s time to replace your air conditioner.

  1. Age
    One of the major factors that can help you determine whether you need to replace or repair your air conditioner is its age. If your air conditioner is more than 15 years old and has had a handful of issues or malfunctions, it is probably better to replace it instead of paying more money for repairs. However, if your air conditioner is a little younger than 15 years, you might want to stick to repairs, unless there are other issues with your AC.
  2. Frequent Repairs
    As we mentioned above, frequent repairs are indicative of an air conditioner that has continuous issues and you might be better off replacing it. All appliances need some inspections and tune-ups but if you notice that your AC often has problems cooling your home, you might want to consider looking for better replacements. New air conditioners are expensive, but so are frequent repairs—for more bang for your buck, it’s better to have a well-functioning air conditioner that needs lesser looking.
  3. Your Energy Bills are Increasing
    High HVAC bills are always frustrating to deal with and are often indicative of other issues, including a malfunctioning air conditioner. However, before you start worrying about purchasing a new HVAC system, make sure there aren’t other reasons why your energy bills are increasing, such as:

    • Dirty air filter
    • Air leaks around your home, specifically doors and windows
    • Frozen evaporator coil
    • Refrigerant leaks
    • Thermostat at “Fan” instead of “Auto”

    Once you have checked all these things, contact an HVAC technician to inspect your air conditioner and help you decide whether you should repair or replace it.

  4. Have You Been Consistent with Maintenance?
    An air conditioner’s lifespan increases if you keep it well-maintained. If you haven’t kept your current system well-maintained by performing tasks like consistently changing your air filter, cleaning your outdoor condenser, and scheduling professional HVAC tune-ups, your AC might have become worn out a little quicker. You must also consider how much you use your air conditioner—if you live in a hotter climate, your air conditioner must be used year-round, which can take a greater toll on it. Maintenance and use are two important factors to consider when deciding between repairing and replacing your AC.

    Have any more questions about how you can know when it is time to replace your air conditioner? Get in touch with the pros at American Air, Plumbing & Electric! Call us today at (407) 512-9337 or schedule a service with us online.

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