When is it Time to Replace or Repair Your Residential Air Conditioner
As the summer months approach us you may be wondering what to do regarding your current Air Conditioner. As a rule of thumb it is wise to consider a Cooling Unit replacement when the cost of repairs approaches 50% of the value of your heating or cooling system. With the constant advancements being made in the Heating and Cooling Industry you will more than likely get a much more efficient system than you had.
If you are one of the fortunate who have had your Air Conditioning system and not invested as much as the 50% for repairs you should still consider a new unit if you are at the 12 year point or if you have been advised that expensive repairs may be looming. The main components especially compressors tend to need replacement around the 12 year mark. There are several other points to consider when contemplating a replacement vs. repair.
- Convenience – When you purchase a new system, you can avoid the hassle of unexpected repairs down the line, and you don’t have to sit around uncomfortable while waiting for parts.
- Lower utility bills – A high-efficiency home comfort system can save you hundreds of dollars each year in energy costs, compared to an older system.
- Energy tax credits – You can recover up to 30% of the cost of select high-efficiency systems in the form of Tax Credits.
- Friendlier refrigerant – Due to growing environmental concerns, the U.S. federal government has mandated that all HVAC manufacturers phase R-22 refrigerant-based equipment out of production.
- Warranty Assurance – If you have an older outdoor unit that needs repair, but you’re not ready to replace your indoor air handler or furnace, a dry-charge unit may be a cost-effective solution. It allows you to avoid the costs of ongoing repair, while also giving you a brand new outdoor unit backed with a warranty.
- Enhanced comfort – Advanced technologies that improve energy efficiency also enhance your comfort, so you can enjoy more even temperatures, better humidity control and a constant flow of conditioned air.
- Improved air quality – Better humidity control means a reduced potential for mold and mildew growth.