Should You Repair Your AC Unit Or Replace It?
by Lisa McGraham, on Jul 27, 2015 1:33:02 AM
There is never a good time for your HVAC system to go on the fritz. When this happens, most homeowners are understandably focused on getting their AC up and running with the least amount of money and time possible. Many of these people wonder whether they should lay out the higher cost for an entirely new system or make the old one work for a few more years.
The answer to this question depends on several factors unique to your home and your situation. Here are a few issues to consider when deciding whether to repair your AC unit or replace it.
Age of the AC Unit
If your air conditioner is less than a decade old, it may be best to repair it as it likely still has a long life left. However, an AC unit that is over ten years old may be worth less than the amount you would spend on repairs. Also, an old unit is likely to need repeated repair; it is often more cost effective to start again with a new air conditioner. If you don't know the age of your system, an experienced heating and cooling technician can find out.
Cost of Needed Repairs
If the cost of the repairs needed to get your air conditioner functional is low, then it is probably worth it to repair. However, a new system is probably the best choice when repair costs are high, such as over $800. One caveat: It's important to remember that even cheap repairs will add up quickly in an old system that is on its last legs.
Many experts recommend replacing whenever repairs cost more than half the value of your HVAC system. The problem with this rule is that it is difficult to determine a monetary value for a used system, as there is no market for these.
Older air conditioners are less efficient than newer units. They were made at a time when many energy saving technologies were not available; in addition, machines simply become less efficient as they get older. Replacing an old system can lead to savings in future energy expenses. When combined with likely future repair bills, replacement is often the cheapest option. This is especially true in areas like Las Vegas where energy costs are high and air conditioners are used much of the year.
Benefits of a New AC Unit
There are a few benefits to getting a new air conditioner that should always be considered when deciding whether to repair or replace a unit.
- Warranties that cover any future repairs
- Lower likelihood of being left without AC
- Improved air quality from new filtering technology
If you have a broken air conditioner in Las Vegas, Nevada, your first step should be to call The Cooling Company. We offer both repair and replacement, and can give you the information you need to make a wise decision.