Similar to the upkeep on a car, at some point you have to weigh out the cost of repair on your air conditioner vs the cost of replacement. We’ve compiled a list of 4 questions to consider when making the decision whether to continue to repair an air conditioner or buy a new one.
- How Often Does Your A/C Fail?
If you answer frequently, or it seems like a repair is needed every year for the last few years, a replacement may be a good option. After about 10 years of use, even with proper maintenance, an air conditioner can start to show its age. Typically, you can expect your air conditioner to last 10 – 15 years with proper maintenance and depending on use.
- Do your energy bills seem higher each year?
As your air conditioner ages it can become less efficient. You may notice that it takes longer to cool your home, or your air conditioner is having to run more frequently to keep up with the temperature. If your air conditioner is older and has a low SEER (seasonal energy efficiency ratio) it might be worth looking into a new more efficient unit. A low SEER means higher monthly energy bills but a lower upfront cost. The higher the SEER rating the higher the initial price of an air conditioner, but lower monthly energy costs. Our air conditioner experts can help you identify the right SEER rated air conditioner for your budget.
- Have you changed your floor plan or added a room?
Changing the size or layout of your home can affect the air flow, ventilation and effectiveness of your HVAC system. It’s important to have the correct size of air conditioner for the size of your home. Using an a/c that is too small will cause it to be overworked and an a/c that is too large will run in short cycles. Both scenarios can cause problems and shorten the lifespan of your air conditioner. If you find that you are having trouble with your air conditioning system after a remodel, it would be advisable to have an expert from Black Diamond Heating and Air check your air conditioner, air flow and ventilation.
- How is the air and humidity in your home?
If the air in your home is feeling stuffy or muggy it could be a sign that your air conditioner is not working properly. Your a/c should make the circulated air feel cool and fresh. A repair may be all that is needed, but you should consider the cost of repair vs a new air conditioner if it is older than 10 years. Even if it is nearing 10 years old, if the repair is costly it still may be wise to put the money towards a new air conditioner rather than a repair.
The friendly HVAC experts at Black Diamond Heating and Air can provide you with an honest assessment of your air conditioner. If a repair is needed, they will provide you with an upfront cost, so you’ll not have any surprises. When the time comes to replace your air conditioner, you can count on Black Diamond Heating and Air for great service at a fair price.