A good AC unit should last you around 15-20 years, some even longer. Yet it’s hard to justify whether to repair an AC unit if you’ll only have a few years left. It might make more sense to replace it.
When such a big purchase is looming, it can be a tough decision to make. Comparing the options may help you figure out what’s best for your household.
The criteria below can help you decide whether to repair or replace your unit.
Freezing Up: Repair or Replace?
Maintaining the system is key to increasing longevity, things like cleaning it and getting it serviced regularly. If you’ve recently purchased a home, or you’re thinking of buying one, have the HVAC system inspected. Ask about how well it’s been maintained and if they have any idea of the life left in the system.
You can ask for a professional AC repair for problems like a unit freezing up. This problem could mean something small like a clogged filter or low refrigerant. It could also mean blocked vents, or even a dirty evaporator coil. Usually it’s a problem worth fixing, but it’s a good idea to talk to an expert to know for sure.
Blowing Hot Air?
If your AC is blowing hot air instead of cold, you very likely can get away with an air conditioner repair instead of replacement. This could be a dirty air filter causing restricted airflow inside, or it could mean a clogged unit outside. The outdoor unit may also have lost power.
Whatever the problem is, a professional can help you repair it and prepare for summer. Minor repairs like this are worth the time and investment to get you cool again.
New AC Units
There are occasions where you need a brand new AC installation instead of a repair. From old units being an eyesore to mounting repair costs, there are plenty of reasons to upgrade your unit so you can focus on what really matters this summer.
As cooling units age, they start needing repairs more frequently. They can also grow less efficient the older they get, and you may notice your bills going up instead of staying even. When you install a new one with high ratings, you’ll appreciate the change in monthly costs, despite the initial investment.
AC units are measured by SEER ratings, which tells how efficient they are. A very efficient unit will earn 20-25 on the scale, while the lowest rating is an 8. The minimum required SEER rating to install is 14 or 14.5, depending on where you’re located.
If your AC unit is old but still running well, you still may ask to replace the AC unit to increase its energy efficiency. You’ll save money on your bills every month when you get rid of old units. Sometimes the best way to increase efficiency is to replace it.
Now that you know all the ins and outs of whether to repair or replace your AC unit, you can make an informed decision. Stay cool this summer whether you choose to fix the unit you have or buy a brand new one.
Request an appointment today with Jerry’s Heating and Cooling to help you with repairing or replacing your AC unit.