Should you repair or replace? That is the question, particularly when it comes to your air-conditioning system. Rather than spend money on costly repairs, it’s better to replace a system since newer systems are more energy efficient. An air conditioner should last 12-15 years as suggested by industry averages and this is possible if you have a qualified technician to perform regular preventative maintenance and service.
It may be cost-effective to make repairs that can prolong the life of the system when it’s still young. But for the bigger problems that can result from an older system, replacing a system may be the best solution. In either case, comparing the price of repairs to replacement fees may help you decide what to do.
Consider Energy Costs
Energy costs should be considered as you make your comparison. Unlike the systems manufactured 10 years ago, today’s air-conditioning systems are 60% more efficient. If utility bills are what you’re concerned about then looking at the energy savings a new system offers is what you may want to do.
Another important thing to consider is the nature of the repair. If replacement of system components is what the repairs would require, then it may result to a mismatched system. Decreasing system efficiency are components that don’t match and your comfort will be compromised and the lifespan of the compressor will be shortened.
Facts About Two-Stage Cooling
It may be a good time to consider a new system if repairs to an immediate problem will not address ongoing comfort issues like drafts, air quality concerns, etc. A variety of new features are offered in today’s systems and these include humidifiers, ultraviolet lights, and two-stage cooling designed to improve indoor air quality and increase comfort.
If you’re deciding whether to repair or replace, what you can do is rely on the expertise of a qualified contractor who is licensed to service and maintain your system. If it’s appropriate to replace your system then he can explain the importance of sound ratings and efficiency, comfort calculations, warranties, etc. as you select a new system.
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