Do I need an air conditioner replacement or repair? – this is an age-old popular question and getting the right answer to this question can turn out being difficult.
You might be shocked when you decide to replace your AC only to discover that your old AC still had a long life span and just needed a few twigs. The last thing anyone wants is a bad decision on their hands.
When deciding whether to replace your air conditioner there are a few things to put into considerations, we will look into them below.
The age of the Air Conditioning unit
This should be the first consideration to make. The lifespan of an AC is around 10-15 years, so if your unit is over 10 years and begins to malfunction the replacement wouldn’t be such a bad idea. Another reason it is advisable to replace your unit that is older than 10 years is that, as it ages it tends to run less efficiently and often has lower seasonal energy efficiency ratios than newer brands and models.
AC unit efficiency
When comparing a new AC efficiency to that of an old one we notice that a unit that has gone above its life span turns to run continuously, doesn’t cool the house well enough, and causes a hike in the electricity bills. Choosing to replace it can save you a lot of money that would be used in paying the electricity bills that can be racked up from its inefficiency.
In a situation where you do not have enough money to pay for a new unit or you are not ready to part with the old one, there are a few things that can be installed to improve the efficiency like a programmable thermostat and a dehumidifier.
Cost of repairs
We recommend that you look at both the age and the cost of repairs. If for instance, your unit is more than 10 years old and the cost of repair is over 900 dollars it might be a better option to replace. And also take into consideration the possibility of having to fix it every other month and year.
You can use the 50 percent rule or the $5000 rule when making your decision.
50 percent rule – this is when the cost of repair is close to 50% the value of the AC. While this may be a good rule, it doesn’t consider all the necessary factors like “how would I know the price of my aging Ac?”
$5000 rule – multiply the cost of repairs by the age of the AC unit if it is well over $5000 then it is time to replace your system. This is because some of the most affordable units are priced at $5000.
Recommendations from a trusted HVAC technician
Consult with a trusted technician to know if you should replace the AC unit or repair it. Depending on the issue the technician may be able to fix it and save you extra cost. But if the problem can not be fixed or the cost of fixing is exorbitant the best option will be a replacement.
How much does it cost to replace an AC unit in your home?
The cost of installation of an air conditioner is well within the range of $3,350 and $5,486. Other options may include portable units that range from $250 to $700. Your total cost depends on the type you are getting.
Benefits of replacement
These benefits include:
- An improved indoor air quality – increased air filtration efficiency and there will be less dust settling. Newer devices also do better in controlling the temperature and humidity reducing the growth of molds and mildew.
- A brand-new warranty – with most manufacturers you get up to 10 years warranty. There can also be an extended warranty that covers labor.
- Energy savings and cost savings – when your system is more than 10 years old and the cost of repairs is up to 50% the value, we can save both energy and cost by upgrading to a new system.
- Peace of mind – yes, you do not have to worry about your ac unit breaking down on you when you need it the most.
Benefits of repairs
- Save cost – in a situation where the cost of fixing your unit is not even near the 50% rule, it would be very economical to just repair instead of replacing.
- You get a relatively newer system when you fix your ac issues.
- AC Maintenance – if your system is in between new and old, simple maintenance techniques might go a long way to help you.
Here are some common signs that your AC unit is malfunctioning
- Weak airflow is one of the first signs that the AC unit is on the fritz.
- unusual sounds like grinding squealing or grating noise.
- bad smells coming out of the air conditioner can be a red flag.
- When you notice leakage from the AC.
- When it doesn’t blow cool air anymore.
In case you find yourself asking – should I replace or repair? Take your time and analyze, then reach a decision after all the necessary things have been put into consideration.