When it comes to a broken air conditioning system, homeowners have two options: Repair or Replace. This can be a difficult decision as there are pros and cons to each option. Homeowners need to think long and hard about their unit and weigh all the factors to see which option is best for them.
First off, it is important to determine the age of your air conditioner. Units that are older than ten years old will not function as well as newer units. An older unit usually has a lower SEER rating of 10 or below and today the minimum rating is 13. This is the amount of energy your unit needs to use to run properly. A newer more efficient unit will work better in your home and save you money on your monthly utility bills.
Next consider how many times a year you are repairing your unit. Are you spending hundreds even thousands of dollars each year on repairs? If so, then you should consider investing in a new unit. You may be spending thousands up front, but in the end, you will save money with your utility bills as well as no repair costs.
If your energy bills are high, then that means your unit is not working properly. It has to work harder to cool your home as it is not as efficient. You will find that if you install a new unit, you will be able to see a drastic drop in your utility bill.
If you notice excessive dust in your home you may also have a big problem. You could have leaky duct work which will take particles from your attic and other spaces and distribute them throughout your home via the air vents. This will cause you to breathe in dirty air which could greatly affect your health as well as your family member’s health.
These are just a few factors to consider when trying to decide if you want to replace or repair your air conditioning unit. It is important to consider all of your options and weigh the pros and cons before making such a big decision.
A new installation is a big investment but in the long run it will save you a great deal of money. You will not have to worry about costly repairs, especially if you take the time to maintain your unit properly.