Your air conditioner is an appliance that you can live without, but should you have to? With proper maintenance and care, your air conditioner could last for quite a few years. Throughout those years though, you could end up with a breakdown of your system here and there. You should know when it's time to throw in the towel and purchase a new system or when you should just repair your system. See below for tips and information to help you decide if it's time to repair or replace your a/c system.
How Old Is The Unit?
If your unit is over 12 years old, it may be time for an air conditioning replacement. Older systems are more costly to repair as the parts may not be as easily found, or you may have a hard time finding a company that works on your particular system. Older units also aren't as energy efficient, so your older system may be costing you more money than necessary just to run.
What Type Of Repair Is Needed?
If the repair needed is a big, expensive repair such as the blower motor, compressor, or condenser coils, it may be in your best interest to replace the entire unit instead of making the repair. The repair may end up costing you more than it would to have the entire system replaced. Less costly repairs such as an electrical problem, clogged drain line, or bent fins are breakdowns that can happen over time to your system.
Is Your System Energy Efficient?
The energy efficiency of your system will make a difference in whether or not you should repair or replace your system. An older system will not be as energy efficient, which means you could be losing a lot of energy through your system and wasting quite a bit of money.
How Often Are You Making Repairs?
If you are making repairs often to your system you could be throwing a lot of money at a system for no reason. Repairs can get costly, so if you're having your system repaired each and every season, making the move to replace your system entirely may be a better investment.
You could be putting money into a system that doesn't deserve the attention. If you're spending a lot of money on repairs for an aging system, it may be time to replace the system entirely rather than wasting any more of your hard-earned money.