Your air conditioning system is one of the biggest investments you’ll make for your home. Because air conditioners are expensive, you’ll want to make sure you get the most out of your heating and cool system. While some routine maintenance and repairs can keep your AC running for years to come, eventually you’ll have to throw in the towel. Learn when you can repair your AC and when it’s time to replace it, here:
When to Repair
Sometimes remedying an AC issue can be done with a simple repair instead of having to replace the entire system. Here are some instances when repairing your AC is the best option:
- Your system is relatively new: If your air conditioning system is still new or relatively new, it’s better and more cost-effective to pay for repairs rather than the cost of replacing.
- You’re moving: If you’re planning on moving in the near future, it’s most likely not worth the time and money of going through with an expensive AC replacement.
- It meets the 50% rule: A general rule of thumb is that if your AC repairs are less than half of your air conditioner’s value, then you should go ahead and repair. However, if the cost of repairing is more than 50% of the price of your AC, you should consider other options.
When to Replace
Replacing your air conditioning system may seem like a daunting task. Many homeowners try to repair their systems for as long as they can, but eventually, repairing your system will just be putting a Band-Aid on a bigger problem. Here’s when it’s time to replace:
- Your system is more than 10 years old: The average air conditioning system can have a good run for about 10 years—so if your system is 10 or more years old and is in constant need of repair, it’s time to replace.
- Your system needs constant repairs: Your air conditioning system shouldn’t need to be repaired constantly. While minor issues here and there are bound to happen, if your system malfunctions regularly, consider replacing the unit.
- Your system doesn’t match your lifestyle: Long gone are the days of basic thermostats. Now, thermostats are highly programmable, customizable and can suit your lifestyle. For example, if you’re gone for the better part of the day, you could benefit from a programmable thermostat to raise the temperature while you’re gone. If your thermostat doesn’t match your lifestyle, it’s time to consider upgrading.
When to Call Climate Design
Whether your air conditioner needs repairing or replacing, call the professionals at Climate Design today. Our team will quickly diagnose and assess any problem with your AC right away or help you choose a new system to will best suit your needs. To learn more about Climate Design and what we can do for you, contact us today!