When your air conditioner starts giving you trouble, you have to make the decision to either repair or replace it. Knowing what to do in this situation is not always easy. To help you make your choice, there are three key questions that you should ask yourself. If you find yourself answering “yes” to at least two of the three, it may be time to retire your old system and invest in new cooling equipment.
- Has my system exceeded its lifespan?
Typically, air conditioners have a life expectancy between eight and 12 years. If your system is getting old, you will likely start experiencing more frequent problems. You may also find that replacement parts for aging systems have been discontinued, making them more expensive. When deciding to repair or replace, consider the age of your system and find out if its parts are still being manufactured.
- Would a new system be more efficient?
When deciding to repair or replace, you must consider the current efficiency and effectiveness of your system. Even if your air conditioner can be fixed, it cannot be made more efficient than it was at the time of installation. If your system was not properly sized or is simply old, it is probably not running efficiently. Today’s models are being manufactured for maximum efficiency and energy savings, and many come with rebates and tax incentives.
- Is my system in poor condition?
If this is not the first time your air conditioner has given you trouble or if your equipment hasn’t been properly maintained, you may not have many options. Regular preventive maintenance is key to extending the life of your air conditioning system. No matter how skilled your HVAC technician is, he can only do so much for a system that is worn down or was not adequately serviced.
Before making the choice to repair or replace, consider these three questions and you will come to your decision with confidence.
For more advice on repairing or replacing your cooling equipment, contact the experts at Smoky Mountain Heating & Air. We proudly serve homeowners throughout the Asheville area.
Our goal is to help educate our customers about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about whether to repair or replace and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.
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