Should I Repair or Replace My Air Conditioner?
When faced with the option of replacing or repairing part or all of the air conditioning system, you need to find a solution that is affordable, comfortable for the family, and meaningful in the long run.
Each situation is unique and is based on inspections to prioritize maintenance needs and costs, as well as cooling and air quality. Whether you’re doing a repair or replacing a system, expect comfort throughout your home. In general, when deciding whether to repair your current equipment or upgrade to a new system, you need to consider the following:
Cost and Convenience
Cost is an immediate consideration – the up-front price of repairs will likely be less than installing a new model. But consider the age of your current system and the relative cost of repairing it. If the cost of repairs is more than a third of what a new system would cost, it may make more sense to replace it. And if the repair bill approaches 50% of the cost of a replacement, an upgrade may be a better choice.
If repairs are less than a third of the replacement cost and your system is less than 10 years old, it may have many productive years ahead. Of course, an older system is more likely to require repair going forward, so factor in the potential costs and inconvenience of keeping up an aging system.
Efficiency and Long-Term Savings
When it comes to your home comfort, it’s important to look beyond the up-front price tag to see the cost of the system over time. More energy efficient systems mean lower monthly utility bills, leading to savings you’ll reap year after year for the life of the system.
Indoor Air Quality
Your cooling system can also play a role in maintaining good indoor air quality – your indoor environment is often more polluted than the outdoors. An analysis of the air in your home should be conducted to discover any indoor air quality issues and to treat any potential problems. When you understand the indoor air quality implications of your cooling system, you can replace or upgrade your system in ways that help you breathe a little easier.