Repair Vs. Replacement: A Guide
Here’s a trivia question. You get 100 points if you can answer this question truthfully:
Your air conditioner is about seven years old and it’s starting to run into problems. You haven’t had it maintained since a few years ago, and it’s also starting to run up the energy bill. Is it worth getting it fixed or should you start investigating replacement? Or, perhaps you should talk to a professional about your options?
While the answer could be all three of these solutions depending on your unique situation, we’d almost always prefer you call a professional for a second opinion. In this blog post, we’re going to talk about how professionals figure out whether your air conditioner needs to be fixed, or if it’s simply time for a system replacement.
Let’s talk about when to invest in repairs or AC replacement in Knoxville, TN.
Repairs Are Always an Option
Look, a professional HVAC technician will never say no to you needing your AC repaired. If your system is on the cusp of needing a new replacement, but you’re okay with having it fixed for the time being so you can stay cool for the rest of this summer while you evaluate your options, we’re fine with that.
But keep in mind that many repairs are very expensive, especially issues with a compressor, and that’s an important thing to remember when considering replacement. If a repair costs too much or sounds like it’s extreme, compare it to the cost of a replacement and see which one is more cost-effective.
Factors That Lead Towards Replacement
- Age: An air conditioner is only designed to last between 10-15 years of age. Anything beyond that and you’ll start to notice signs of severe wear and tear. Don’t get to this point. Invest in a replacement if your system nears its expiration date.
- Comfort: How comfortable does your air conditioner keep you? If it’s constantly not meeting your demand set on the thermostat, then you might need a replacement.
- Efficiency: Air conditioners are supposed to cool the air in your home with as little energy consumption as possible. If it’s not running efficiently, or you’re noticing a trend in increasing energy bills every year, then start thinking about replacing it.
- Frequent Issues: A repair every once in a while is normal–but repairs every year or multiple times a year is very abnormal. This means you might save more money in the long run by investing in a replacement today.
- New Requirements: If your family has gotten a bit bigger over the years, or you’re planning on adding a new addition to your home, then you’re going to need to upgrade your cooling system. After all, they’re specifically sized for your home and comfort needs. Any changes in your home size or your comfort requirements are going to warrant an AC replacement. We can walk you through that.