If your air conditioner is getting a little finicky and demands constant attention from the professionals to keep it running smoothly, you may be wondering whether it is better to repair it or replace it with a newer model. Every situation is different, of course, but there are some things you should take into consideration before you make that decision. Ask yourself the following questions to determine whether you would be better off replacing your unit than repairing it.
How Old is Your AC Unit?
Air conditioners more than 10 years old typically have a SEER rating of 10 or below. That means your AC isn’t as efficient as newer models and costs you more in utility bills every month. New regulations require a SEER rating of 13 or above. They use less energy to run, saving you money, reducing energy consumption and making you feel more comfortable too. Although Energy.Gov says that the lifespan of the average AC unit is 15 to 20 years, upgrading to an energy efficient model now can save you 20 to 40 percent on your utility bills.
Does Your AC Unit Need Frequent Servicing or Repairs?
Although the initial investment to get your unit repaired by your HVAC contractor may be lower than the investment required for a new AC unit, it may not be the soundest financial decision. If repair and maintenance costs for your current air conditioner are increasing in frequency, you can end up paying hundreds or thousands of dollars over a few years just to keep it running. Replacing the AC now will save you money on costly repairs and servicing.
Is Your Current AC Unit the Correct Size for Your Home?
The proper size/fit of your AC unit is important both in terms of efficiency and your comfort. A unit that is too large will not remove the humidity from the air as needed while a unit that is too small will not be able to cool your home adequately in hot weather. If your home already had an air conditioner installed when you moved in, the previous owner may have mistakenly installed the wrong size unit, either to save money or because he did not assess the home’s needs properly.
If you are having problems with excess humidity or your unit does not cool your living area properly, check with your HVAC contractor to determine if the size of the unit is an issue. Replacing it with an appropriately-sized air conditioner will make your home more comfortable and save money on energy costs, too.
Upgrade Your AC Unit
If you are ready to upgrade your current air conditioner to a newer, more efficient model, contact us today to arrange for an appointment or to get a free estimate of the cost of the job. We can install the unit and check all your ductwork to make sure it is installed and operating correctly. Improperly installed or leaky ductwork can lead to decreased efficiency and can circulate excess dust throughout your home.