A functional, high-performance AC system is something that many homeowners take for granted.
When the hot summer weather arrives, you may expect your AC system to provide ample cooling power. AC systems, however, can break down or suffer from performance problems.
When this occurs, you’ll have one of two options: You can either get your AC system repaired, or you can get it replaced.
Consider the Age
You should consider the age of your AC system when determining whether to repair or replace it.
According to the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), most residential AC systems have a lifespan of about 15 to 20 years. Some of them, of course, can last longer.
But after about two decades, most AC systems will succumb to the hands of time and require replacing.
Check the Warranty
If your AC system is still under warranty, you should refer to warranty conditions.
Nearly all AC systems with a warranty. Some of them come with a five-year limited warranty, whereas others come with a 10-year limited warranty.
If your AC system is still under warranty, contact the manufacturer or provider for assistance. The manufacturer should cover the cost of repairs, assuming it’s allowed within the warranty’s conditions.
Pay Attention to Cooling Expenses
Something else to consider when determining whether to repair or replace your AC system is cooling expenses.
If you’re overpaying for electricity during the summer, replacing your AC system may prove more cost-effective than repairing it – at least in the long run.
You’ll typically spend more money when replacing your AC system.
A new AC system, though, will result in a higher level of efficiency that drives down your home’s cooling expenses.
Over the course of many years, a new AC system may be cheaper than getting your existing AC system repaired.
Identify the Refrigerant Type
What type of refrigerant does your AC system currently use? If it uses R-22, you may want to replace it.
Most AC systems use either R-22 or R-410a refrigerant. Since R-22 has been phased out, it’s difficult and expensive to acquire. You can still repair your AC system if it uses R-22, but replacing it is probably the better option.
Choosing whether to repair or replace your AC system is a major decision. By taking into account the age of your AC system, the warranty, your cooling expenses and the refrigerant type, you can determine which solution is right for you.
If you are experiencing a problem with your air conditioning or heating call us at 512-336-1431 to schedule an appointment. We’ll be glad to come out and take a look at the issue.
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