We have often faced a predicament to whether we have our air conditioning system replaced, or repaired. Get it wrong, and you might be shelling out, wasting hundreds, even thousands of dollars. If you replace it when there isn’t a need to, you’ll be spending a handsome amount of money for it when you could just have it repaired it for a fraction of the price. On the other hand, if you let a technician fix your A/C and it goes haywire again in less than a year, then you just wasted the amount of money you spent on those worthless repairs. Though a seemingly innocent question, a lot of homeowners are in the same situation, torn between buying a new one or having their old one repaired. Here are few things to consider:
How old is your air conditioner?
Before answering your question, think about how old your air conditioner is. The age of your air conditioning system is one of the most significant factors to consider in making a sound decision. According to experts, typical air conditioning systems last about ten to fifteen years. If your AC is about to go beyond the average, think about buying a new one.
How often do you need repairs?
Aside from your AC’s age, you also need to consider the frequency of it needing repairs. How many times did you have it fixed in its lifetime? If you have answered more than ten major repairs and your air conditioner is about ten years old as well, considering a new conditioner is probably worth the extra money you are going to spend.
Consider energy efficiency.
Did you notice your energy costs going abnormally high? If that is the case, you might consider buying a new one. Newer models are more energy efficient, and they are more environment-friendly than its predecessors. If your old AC system is having trouble cooling your home and making it comfortable, it probably is time to get a newer, and a more energy efficient model. Some HVAC experts strongly recommend having air conditioning units replaced every 15 years or so.
Did a major part go out?
If a major part of your AC is damaged, like the compressor or the condenser unit, it might be worth to think about getting a new one. If your warranty has expired, getting a new one will also put your mind at ease. Some compressors have a 5 to 10-year warranty on their major parts. So if that went out a few years after your warranty has expired, it’s time to think about getting a new one.
These are just a few things that you need to consider if you need to repair, or probably get a new AC system. By rule of thumb, if the cost of the repair is more than half of your AC’s price, buying a new one is a wiser option. If in doubt, ask a professional.