As summer heats up, you may start to notice that your home doesn’t feel as cool as it should. Or maybe your air conditioner is working overtime to keep you comfortable and you’re watching your energy bills heat up, too. Worst case scenario, maybe your air conditioner has stopped working altogether and you’re reaching for the phone number of your HVAC guy.
The inevitable question is: should you repair or replace your air conditioner?
Here are a couple of things to consider as you make the decision.
How Much Will The Repair Cost?
Air conditioning systems are an investment. So you want to be sure you’re using yours wisely and getting the most out of it. As a rule of thumb, if a repair is going to cost about half as much as a replacement system, then it’s a good idea to get a replacement.
A repair cost that high usually means it’s something more serious and that your system is showing its age. Even if you do get the system back up and running efficiently, it’s more likely to experience a breakdown again as other parts begin to wear. You’ll only end up spending more and more on repairs, or spending on repairs only to replace the unit in a few years anyway.
Does Your Home Never Seem Cool Enough?
Sometimes the problem with an air conditioning system isn’t that it needs a repair. If you find that you’re consistently uncomfortable in your home, and wondering why your relatively new air conditioner isn’t doing its job, it may be that the unit was not sized properly for your home.
Maybe you’ve just moved into a new home and thought you were getting a new system only to find out it was too small. Or maybe you added an extension onto your house and tried to connect it to your existing ductwork. Either way, the unit may be working too hard to cool a space that’s too big.
It’s unfortunate, but if that happens, you may want to consider replacing the unit with one that’s right for your home. It will save you money on energy costs in the long run and make a big difference in how you feel.
Is The Temperature, Noise Level, Or Humidity In Your Home Uncomfortable?
An aging air conditioning system begins to make itself known in many ways, some of them less obvious.
For example, your home may be cooling, but the temperature may be inconsistent at varying times of day, or from one room to the next. Or you may notice that you can’t sit comfortably on your patio without shouting over the drone of the unit in your yard.
Other, subtler signs may creep in. A failing air conditioning unit doesn’t control temperature and humidity as well, which means mold and mildew can begin to grow. If you’re suffering more from allergies, your air conditioner may be to blame.
So whether it’s physical discomfort in the form of excessive noise, uneven temperatures, or increased allergies, consider replacing your air conditioner.
Is Your Air Conditioner Using R22?
If it’s 10 years old or more, chances are that your air conditioner relies on the coolant R22. And if it does, that’s going to become a costly problem. R22 is no longer being manufactured and the supply is rapidly diminishing. Costs of obtaining the coolant have skyrocketed and soon you won’t be able to replace the coolant in your system at all.
At some point, your air conditioner is going to become obsolete. If it’s beginning to show its age, the time to replace it is now. Even if it’s running smoothly, you may want to consider replacing it before you’re stuck on the hottest day of the year with no option to top off coolant or make repairs.
Are There Rebates Or Incentives To Replace Your Air Conditioner?
Sometimes a financial incentive can help make the decision for you. Maybe your repair costs are edging up but you’re not sure if it’s worth investing in a new system. Or perhaps your home is not as comfortable as you’d like it to be but you’re on the fence about spending money to improve that.
If there are no clear signs pointing you to replace your system, look to incentives to guide you. It may be a manufacturer’s rebate or an incentive from the local or state government. Depending on what’s available, it can afford you substantial savings on replacing a system.
In addition to rebates and cost savings, look at what financing opportunities are available. If you qualify, for example, for a 12-month 0% loan, that may be the breathing room you need to make the investment.
Ask your HVAC contractor about rebates, incentive and financing options.
If you’re not sure whether your air conditioner needs to be replaced, give us a call at (732) 316-5554 or contact us online and we’ll come out to your home for a free consultation and estimate for repairing or replacing your air conditioning.