Repair vs. Replacement
If your air conditioning unit has broken down and you notice it’s not as agile as it once was, contemplating your ac repair vs. ac replacement needs is something that usually occurs. Is it time for a replacement? Is repairing your best choice in the long run, or would a newer and more efficient system offer you the dependability you are searching for? There are many considerations to keep in mind when determining whether replacement or repair is best for your system.
When should I consider repairing my AC unit?
- Newer Systems: If your HVAC unit is less than 10 years old, it is likely that repairs will make the most financial sense.
- 50% Rule: If the replacement vs. repair cost for your HVAC unit is less than half of its value, a repair may be the way to go.
- Also, take into consideration the “5,000” rule: According to Angieslist.com, if you multiply the age of your equipment by the repair cost, and it exceeds $5,000, then you should replace the unit. If it is less, repair it.
Is the problem covered?
If your AC unit is still under a manufacturer’s warranty or service contract, it is probably in your best interest to repair your unit as opposed to replacing it.
- Consistent reliability and operation: If your AC unit is still on the newer side, and has been reliable and operated without any failures, repairing the unit may be your best option
When should I consider replacing my AC unit?
- Frequent repairs and high energy bills: If your AC unit is on the older side (nearing or over 10 years) and requires frequent repairs, it may be time to consider replacing it. The more and more you need to repair your AC unit, the less efficient it becomes, and harder it needs to work.
- Your AC unit is more than 10 years old: Replacing your older AC unit with a newer high-efficiency unit that uses more eco-friendly parts could not only cool your space better, but it can also translate into huge savings. Depending on the unit you are replacing and the new unit you are going to be replacing it with, you could potentially save up to 50% on your cooling costs.
- No repair coverage: When your AC unit is older and is not covered by a manufacturer’s warranty or service contract, paying out of pocket can cost you a great deal of money. If you continuously have to pay out of pocket for your malfunctioning AC unit, it may be time to consider replacing it.
- Unavailability of replacement parts: The older air conditioning units get the harder and harder it is to find parts that may require replacement. If your AC unit requires a new part and it is no longer available, replacing the unit may be your best bet.
What are the benefits of replacing my AC unit?
- Improved air quality: Replacing your air conditioning unit can cause fewer incidences of illnesses due to mold or mildew and can provide better overall respiratory health
- Increased comfort: Installing a new AC unit in your home will reduce unwanted air leaks and create an improved airflow which allows for a more uniform temperature in your home.
- Energy savings: Replacing your AC unit can decrease your energy costs by 50%!
If you are thinking about replacing or repairing your current AC unit and would like more information from the professionals, contact All Year Cooling today. Our family-owned company has been in the industry since 1973 and knows what it takes to keep homes cool and out of the Florida heat!