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Air Conditioning Comfort for Life

United for your comfort since 1987

Repair or Replace: When is it Time for a New Air Conditioner?

This is the ninth installment of Nine Things to Check Before Spending Money on AC Repairs which can also be downloaded from our free eBook library.

If you are having frequent or severe problems with your air conditioner, it may be more practical to replace the entire unit rather than paying for continual repairs. How do you know if it’s time for a replacement? Here a few things that might indicate you’re better off with a replacement:

  • Your room temperature is extremely hot, cold, dry or humid – even after a repair.
  • Your air conditioner is noticeably loud or makes strange noises.
  • Your energy bills are high and continue to get worse due to the A/C running longer.
  • You find dust everywhere – more than the amount found in a normal home.

You could be tempted to repair your system to save money – but you might actually spend more over time. When making your choice, carefully evaluate the following factors:

Cost savings from a high efficiency unit. Newer air conditioning models have better technology that heats and cools your air while using less energy than old units. This can save you a lot of money on your monthly energy bill. If you choose an “Energy Star” qualified appliance, you can save up to 60%… which really adds up over time.

The maintenance history of the unit. If you – or a previous homeowner – haven’t followed the correct maintenance schedule for your air conditioner, there is probably little that can be done to restore it. Without maintenance, the components will be put under stress and ultimately break down. Most often, it’s not worth repairing.

The age of your air conditioner. In most cases, an a/c unit will last 12 to 13 years. Your air conditioner runs approximately 2800 hours per year in the very harsh environment of southwest florida. If your home is exposed to salty air (for example, if you live near an ocean), you can expect a shorter lifespan. Salt causes corrosion, the enemy of many mechanical parts. However, if you have consistently maintained your unit – as the tips in this E-book suggest – then you may get as many as 4 additional years out of your air conditioner.

The availability of spare parts. As your unit gets older, the risk of not finding replacement parts increases. Manufacturers will discontinue parts for older models, so fin9 Things to Check AC ipadding the right one may be expensive or impossible. This can really impact the equation of “repair or replace”.

If you still aren’t sure whether to repair or replace your air conditioner, ask a trusted Cape Coral air conditioning professional. Some providers might try to steer you towards a choice that’s not in your best interest. By hiring experts in the field heating and air conditioning, you can avoid a costly mistake.

Our Cape Coral air conditioning company has many services available to meet your air conditioning needs including 24 Hour Emergency Service. If you would like further information call (239) 939-2032 or follow UMI Residential on Twitter.

– Brett


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