Trying to determine whether to repair your air conditioning or replace it can be difficult, especially when you are working with a tight budget. While there is no set formula, your air conditioning professionals of A-1 Heating have a few tips to share with you to help with your decision for home A/C replacement.
Like any mechanical system, as your air conditioning equipment ages, parts wear and repairs increase in frequency and cost. At some point, it will become more feasible to replace your equipment than to keep investing money to prolong its life. A good rule of thumb that many in the industry recommend is to multiply the age of your equipment by the cost of the repair. If the number is higher than five thousand, you should consider investing in a new system.
If your current system is over ten years old and is not running as well as it used to, home A/C replacement may actually save you money over the long run. Today's air conditioning systems are far more energy efficient and can save you a considerable amount of money in energy costs to keep your home cool in the heat of summer. If you notice your A/C is not keeping your home as cool as it once did, it's more than ten years old or seems to be running more than it should, you might consider a newer system.
When you have to call an A/C repair technician and the solution is a top-up of refrigerant, this means you have leakage in your system. Your technician will have to diagnose the leak, which takes time and a top-up has the potential to be costly.
If you are having problems with your air conditioning or you find it isn't cooling as well as it should be, contact us at A-1 Heating. Our knowledgeable technicians will assess your system and help you determine if home A/C replacement is the best choice for you.