Replace or Repair my old AC? This is a common dilemma that majority of homeowners have to face when their air conditioner is more than 10 years old and breaking down seasonally. While there is a lot that one can do improve the longevity of your HVAC systems life, at some point your system will undoubtedly need replacement. The difficult part is knowing when it is worth investing in the repair or when you should explore AC replacement options. Now, what should be done by homeowners in the case that the Air Conditioner breaks down, should they repair their system again or should they consider replacing the HVAC system? Read on to find out!
When Repair is More Sensible than Replacement
Here, owners must realize that the selection between air conditioner repair vs. replacement is largely dependent upon certain factors. These factors are….
Calculating the Expense:
Suppose your HVAC system shows a minor defect and the HVAC technician assures that changing out simple inexpensive parts will do the trick. This means you can get back to cool air flowing into your home without spending too much. Find out what type of warranty the part has and if the repair is covered under any type of labor warranty for a period of time by the Air Conditioner repair company. One of the most common issues we come across in the summer time especially in parts of our service area that get more heat during the summer like Santa Clarita, is a faulty coil. This type of repair can be costly. The rule of thumb is if you have to replace the Freon in your system more than once you may have a more serious and expensive problem.
The Benefits of A/C Maintenance:
When your HVAC system is located at the fence neither new nor old, then here you have to be clear about the various maintenance techniques that can help you in increasing its durability. The thing here is that instead of going for unwanted replacements, ask your AC service technician what the various strategies that you can adapt to protect the components of the unit on a regular basis. By properly maintaining your air conditioner (depending on the make and model) your air conditioner can last up to 15+ years with very little issues.
Selecting Air Conditioner Replacement over Repair
Time and Brand does play a crucial role when one has to decide between repair and replacement. Therefore, knowing the right time is a must so that your decision between the two Rs becomes much easier.
Age: The Department of Energy and the Energy Star Program state that components of the HAVC systems (heating, air conditioning, ventilation) that are at least 10 years old should consider replacement instead of repair based simply on the fact that the air conditioners today are much more energy efficient than they were ten years ago. However, as we said before there are some energy efficient systems that can last for about 20 years but this is again dependent upon the performance of the system and the innovative technology behind it.
This is another problem that is seen with time, uneven cooling is something that should never be neglected. When you face this situation then you must have an expert air conditioner repair tech inspect not only your HVAC system but the duct work, sealing of the home and insulation. Some rebate programs offer incentives to replace duct work along with your Air Conditioner which can sometimes be beneficial to you in the long run. Always consult with a trusted Comfort advisor for a heat load calculation and rebate evaluation.