With the weather starting to heat up, you may soon find yourself turning your home’s air conditioner on for the season. If you turn on your air conditioner and it doesn’t seem to be working right, or it won’t run at all, you may be wondering if you should have your air conditioner repaired, or if it is finally time to have your aging HVAC system replaced. While a variety of factors will influence whether it is worth it to have your AC system repaired, here are a few things that you should consider when trying to decide whether to repair or replace your home’s air conditioner.
Your System’s Age
When trying to decide whether to repair or replace your ailing AC system, the first thing that you should consider is your unit’s age. The average life expectancy of a residential air conditioner is around 10-15 years. This means that if you are experiencing problems with your air conditioner and it is 15 years old (or older), then it likely doesn’t make financial sense to have it repaired. You will likely only continue to experience problems with it, and it could end up costing you more money in the long-run to maintain an aging system.
The Cost of Repairs
The next thing that you will want to consider is how much it will cost to repair your air conditioner. If your air conditioner is fairly new, it may make sense to put $800 into having it repaired. However, if the cost of repairs approaches 50% the value of your unit, then repairs likely no longer make sense. You should also consider how much money you have already put into having it repaired if this is not the first time that you have encountered problems with your air conditioner. If you have had it repaired multiple times in recent years, this may be a sign that your system is failing and needs to be replaced.
Has your air conditioner gotten more expensive to run in the last year? As air conditioners age, they lose their energy efficiency. Ultimately, you will want to consider how expensive it has gotten to run your air conditioner, and how much it will cost to have your system repaired, as it may end up being more cost-effective to invest in a new energy-efficient HVAC system.
If you are unsure whether your ailing HVAC system needs to be repaired or replaced, contact us to schedule a consultation. One of our skilled HVAC technicians can inspect your unit and help you to decide whether to have your air conditioner repaired or replaced.