Is your air conditioner acting up? If so, it could be time for a replacement. Then again, AC repair might do the trick. Replacing your air conditioner ensures a more efficient, dependable system, but the investment is comparably high. Repairs are more affordable, but the fix may not last. If you’re not sure what to do, consider these seven signs to repair or replace your air conditioner.
- Age: Did your relatively new air conditioner break down? A repair is probably worthwhile. However, a replacement could be more cost-effective if your 10- to 15-year-old air conditioner is facing an expensive repair.
- Upcoming repair cost: When determining if an AC repair is too expensive, follow the 50 percent rule. This means if the repair is more than 50 percent of the replacement cost, you should replace it. If the cost is less than 50 percent, repair it.
- Refrigerant issues: Many older air conditioners still use R-22 refrigerant, or Freon. This environmentally hazardous refrigerant has been replaced with more eco-friendly R-410A, or Puron. Depleting supplies of R-22 are pushing up costs, which is detrimental if your old system springs a leak. In short, if a Freon leak is involved, opt for an AC replacement.
- Energy bills: Paying to replace your air conditioner may not sound appealing, but the upgrade could significantly lower your cooling costs. Consider that a modern 20 SEER air conditioner costs about 35 percent less to operate than a 13 SEER model. These energy savings help the upgrade pay for itself over the years.
- Repair frequency: You can’t keep throwing good money at bad forever. If you’ve already paid for two or three repairs in as many years, it could be time to throw in the towel. You’ll enjoy peace of mind, knowing your new air conditioner is unlikely to break down in the first few years. Plus, the unit should come with a warranty to protect against lemons.
- Moving plans: Unless your cooling system has failed catastrophically or is facing high repair costs, investing in a replacement may not be a good idea if you’re moving soon. However, buyers may ask for a home sale price reduction if the AC is old or neglected.
- Noise and aesthetics: Still on the fence? Your existing AC unit’s overall condition may tip the scale. You’ll feel better about having guests over if you replace your noisy, rundown air conditioner with a quiet, sleek-looking model.
For professional advice about whether to repair or replace your AC unit, please call Parley’s PPM Plumbing, Heating & Cooling. Our knowledgeable technicians have years of experience repairing and replacing air conditioners based on what’s most cost-effective for the customer. To schedule a service visit, please call us today at 801-226-3033 if you live in Utah County, or reach us at 801-229-2665 if you’re a Salt Lake County resident. You can also contact us online with any questions you have about repairing or replacing your air conditioner.