If you live in an area that requires an air conditioner to be comfortable, you probably have the unit serviced at least once a year. If you are lucky, during this service visit the technician may inform you that something is wrong or it looks as if something will be wrong in the near future. However, break downs and problems often happen when they would make things very hot in your house. Knowing when to have the system repaired and when it is time to have it replaced could save you money in the long run and will also help keep your home comfortable. Here are a few tips for determining which way to go:
Age of Unit
If you purchased the unit originally, there was paperwork with it that told you how long it should last. In general, most air conditioners are expected to be good for 15 years. If the unit is getting up there in age, it is probably best to replace it. If you do go with a repair, expect to have to call the technician again before too long. Eventually, you will have spent more on repairs than you would have if you paid for a new unit and its installation.
Cost of Repair
Most companies will send a technician to give you a quote on what it will cost to get the unit working again. You can also ask what it would cost to have a new unit installed. Once you have the quote for the repair, multiply the age of the unit by the cost of the repair. If this is higher than what it would be to have the unit replaced, you should probably go with a new unit. Of course, if you need time to come up with the money for the replacement, consider how much longer you need air conditioning for the year. If you can get by with the system working as it is without the repair, you can start saving money to have it replaced during the off season when prices are lower. However, if you must have the air working for a while, ask about a temporary fix to get you through just one more season. The company may have a less expensive repair option if they know you will be buying a whole new unit soon.
Repairing or replacing an A/C unit can be expensive. If you have regular maintenance services you may have enough of a warning to save the needed money. In addition, the servicing will help extend the life of the unit. Talk with the technician and discuss all the options you have. Then, check your finances and make the choice that will keep both your home and our wallet comfortable.
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10 August 2017
How well did your air conditioning system cool your home last summer? Did you find that the system struggled to keep your home a comfortable temperature during those very hot days? How high were your utility bills during the summer? If your system is outdated, not working properly or has not been maintained recently, it could be time for some professional help. You can learn what could be going wrong with your system and how those problems could be causing your utility bills to skyrocket by visiting my website. It is my hope that you will learn everything necessary to maintain a cool home without spending a fortune on utilities.