When the air conditioning goes out in Florida, you feel the need to make big decisions very quickly. The longer you wait, the hotter it gets, and you feel the need to remedy the situation before the heat gets out of hand.
But you don’t want a rash decision to empty your wallet. When do you know when to repair and when to replace your air conditioning? Your technician can give you his or her input, but it helps to know which factors matter when choosing between repair and replacement. Here are a few easy tips to help you make a confident decision.
The Age of Retirement
No matter how well you take care of your air conditioning unit, it won’t last forever. A good unit typically has an average life span of 12 to 18 years, if it is well maintained. That means changing your air filters regularly and ensuring proper maintenance and repair when needed.
Cost of Operation
Age isn’t the only indicator. Unit quality is a huge factor. If your air conditioning system has a history of hiccups, bumps and failures, then its best to go ahead and replace it instead of investing more money in an unreliable unit. Especially if it’s out of warranty.
You also want to consider your electric bill. Today’s systems are more energy efficient than older, outdated air conditioning units. If your system is 15 years or older, it will be far more cost effective in the long run to replace the unit than repair it.
Cost of Repair vs. Cost to Replace
This seems like an obvious statement, but if the cost to repair your air conditioning amounts to the price or more of a new system, then you should go ahead and replace your unit. A broken compressor or cracked heat exchanger are two guaranteed costly repairs that would make it better just to replace the entire unit.
Then again, if the cost is right, why not upgrade anyway? Bruno Air always has special promotions to help our customers save money. Check out our special offers page to snip and clip your way to saving today!