There comes a time when Milton homeowners need to decide if they should repair or replace their current air conditioners. While newer units may be worth repairing, older, more inefficient units may cost more to repair and operate in the long run than a new system costs to install.
The choice is not always easy, but a quick call to Free Air Heating & Conditioning for a free consultation can help make the decision easier. Here are some things to consider when debating whether or not to replace your current cooling system:
- The age of your air conditioning system. Even when properly cared for, air conditioners become less and less effective over time. Eventually, it will reach a point where routine maintenance and repair do not justify the costs to keep running it. Even though a new system may seem expensive, you will save money over time with a high-efficiency system that keeps your family cool without the constant need for repair.
- High repair costs. This consideration is more for HVAC units and central air conditioning systems. If a repair costs over $5,000, you are better off getting a new system installed with better energy efficiency and cooling power.
- SEER rating. Your air conditioner’s SEER rating lets you know how efficient your current unit is. All new air conditioners must have a SEER rating of at least 13. If you have a unit with a SEER rating of less than 13, consider replacing it with a higher-efficiency air conditioning system.
- Frequency of repairs. If you find yourself needing more and more repairs every year, then it is time for a new system. Every cooling system has a life expectancy; any time you pay for repairs past that point is just placing a band-aid on a much larger issue. Paying for routine maintenance is one thing, but repeatedly paying for repairs is another.
Air conditioners are generally pretty rugged pieces of equipment. With proper routine maintenance, they can last for years without needing to be replaced. Setting up a maintenance plan will often save you more money in the long run, rather than having to pay for a pricey repair when something goes wrong.
Technicians who provide regular maintenance will inform you when your unit is getting close to the end of its lifespan. This can help you save more money by allowing you to install a more efficient system long before you waste thousands of dollars on a failing one.