AC Replacement vs. Repair

Posted in Energy Costs, Energy Efficiency, HVAC Services Apr, 01, 2013

It is often brought up when is a good time to replace your air conditioner and not repair it. When it begins to fail there are so many scenarios that run through your head. Here are things to consider.

Utility Bills

Most systems have a life expectancy of 10-13 years. At 10 years the cost to repair say a capacitor could be hundreds of dollars and this will have no positive effect on your utility bill. A good gauge to look at is if you are paying more than $.07 a square foot than it is time to upgrade to a more efficient system.

Age

At 10+ years factory parts are not always available and you will have to make decisions on whether to use a basic replacement part or the entire component like a coil, or condenser. The cost to do this has no financial benefit in the long run. Look at a new system that has a 10 year warranty and apply that money toward a new system.

Efficiency

Your old unit has run its course and putting a bandage on it isn’t saving you any money it is actually costing you more to operate. A new High Efficiency system can save as much as 60% off the annual utility bills.

Call Efficient Air Conditioning for a free home estimate today!