Should I repair or replace my AC system?

service tech working with electric wiresWhen you start to hear funny noises coming from your air conditioner and your home isn’t getting as cool as it should, it’s hard not to wonder whether its time to replace your AC system or if you can extend its life a little longer.  All of us want to avoid spending high dollar amounts, but sometimes you can end up spending more in the long run if you try to keep a system for too long. Let’s take a look at a few factors that can help you decide what to do when AC problems start to happen more frequently.

How old is your AC system?

Most air conditioning systems are made to last from 12 to 15 years, but with proper maintenance, it’s possible for them to last up to 20. If you’ve gotten to the point where you’ve had the system for 12 years or so, you may start to notice little problems with its components more frequently. The first few quick fixes will save you money, but after some time those little fixes along with more frequent maintenance calls will start to add up.

You can’t prevent age problems from happening, so the longer you keep your system, the more money you’ll continue to spend. A technician at One Hour Heating and Air Conditioning will be able to tell how well your unit has been taken care of and will give you an honest opinion about your system’s future.

What are you spending to cool your home?

Your old system is not as energy-efficient as today’s models, so even if you keep paying to repair problems, you’ll still see energy bills that are higher than they could be if you replaced your system. Installing a new energy-efficient air conditioning unit could save you 60% on your monthly  bills.

Are you willing to pay to update all components?

Keep in mind that each part of your system works with the others to boost efficiency and reliability. Replacing your old AC unit with a new higher-efficiency model but leaving your old mechanical thermostat in place will not get you all the savings you could be enjoying. Replacing your outdoor condenser but not the indoor coil can affect the efficiency and longevity of a new unit. If you want to enjoy the benefits of a new system, it’s best to get all of its components updated.

Talk to One Hour Heating & Air Conditioning® of Aberdeen

If our technicians believe you can get more time out of your air conditioner, we’ll let you know. But if we think you’re better off replacing the unit, it may be worth discussing to save you money in the long run. Just call us and we’ll be happy to help.