Should You Replace Or Repair Your Air Conditioner?
If your air conditioner hasn't been working properly or at all, you may be wondering if you should replace or repair your system. There are many times when a quick repair can do the trick, but in some situations, a repair may only be a waste of money. If you aren't sure if you should replace or repair your system, check out these three questions to consider.
How Old Is Your Current System?
The age of your air conditioner plays a big role in whether you should replace or repair. On average, you can expect an air conditioner to run well for about 10 years. After that, even with frequent routine repairs and maintenance, the system begins to decline. Therefore, if your system is ten years or older, it is usually best to get a new system if you can afford it. A repair may work for one or two years on an older system, but you'll soon need to buy a new one anyway. If your system is still young, a repair may be just what it needs to start running efficiently again.
Are Repairs Common?
For a young system, a repair may be right, but if your system needs frequent repairs, total replacement may be the better choice. It's a good idea to maintain your system frequently, but repairs should not be as common. If you need to have the system repaired every summer or if the system shuts off at peak hours frequently, repairs are just a waste of money. If you replace the system, it may cost more initially, but you may actually save money because you won't be wasting your money on repairs that don't fix the problem.
Is the System the Wrong Size?
If your current system isn't the right size for your home, you can also experience problems, and a repair will not fix the issue. A system that is too small will not cool your home well enough. You have to keep turning down the temperature inside the home and use more energy to reach the desired temperature. If the system is extremely small, you may never reach a comfortable temperature. On the other hand, if the system is too big, it can put extra wear and tear on the system. The unit will turn off and on too frequently because it cools the home too quickly. This causes the system to break down more often.
If your air conditioner has been causing problems, you may need a repair or total replacement, depending on the age of your system. For more information regarding HVAC repairs or replacement, contact a company like Allied Mechanical & Electrical, Inc.