Regular maintenance can add years to the life of your air conditioner, but no matter how carefully you maintain your AC, at some point getting it repaired will no longer do, and you will have to consider replacing your unit. Following are a few guidelines to help determine whether you should repair your AC or replace it.
Frequency of Repairs
The need for frequent repairs is among the most obvious reasons to replace your system. Although you have the up-front cost of buying a new unit, ultimately you will save money by eliminating repeated and costly repairs.
Cost of Repairs
There are many reasons an AC system breaks down, and the cost to fix it can vary widely. Experts say that if the cost to fix your unit will be half the cost of a new system, it is better to opt for replacement rather than repair.
Most AC units have a 10-year lifespan; after that, they become inefficient and prone to recurrent repairs. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recommends replacing an AC unit if it is more than 10 years old; doing so can save you up to 20 percent on energy costs.
Higher energy bills and uneven cooling are signs that your AC is inefficient and can no longer handle the demands placed on it. Room additions can intensify the load on your AC, and you may be better off replacing your unit with one that is sized to handle the increased demand.
Extended air conditioner warranties can range from five to 10 years. If your aging AC carries a warranty that covers repair costs, it may make sense to have it fixed. If your unit is less than five years old and you are having major problems with it, replacement may be a better option.
Determining whether to replace or repair your air conditioner is not necessarily an easy decision. It is important to weigh costs and benefits before choosing.
Dent Air Conditioning offers modern and highly-rated systems to efficiently cool your home. Our experienced technicians are also ready to help you with any service needs. Please give us a call at (601) 912-0535 to learn more about how we can make your Jackson-area home more comfortable this summer.