Replace Vs. Fix:
Everything You Need To Know Before Replacing Your Old AC System
Is the cooling on your Air conditioning unit aggravating? Are the repairs getting frequent and costlier? Well, it might be time for you to decide if you need to replace that old AC system at your home.
But then you look at your bank account and ask yourself if you can actually replace your old AC unit. With unemployment on a surge and air conditioning units being more expensive every passing day, it seems like a good time to give this decision of yours some clear thought.
There could be numerous other reasons why you might be thinking about getting an AC replacement. Some people want to switch to more eco-friendly options, while others want to get more energy-efficient inverter-based air conditioners. But then, the opportunity cost kicks in and we have to give it another thought: Do I really need an AC replacement?
Whatever your reason may be for considering a new air conditioning unit, make sure you have answers to the following checklist.
What’s the right time to replace your AC system?
If you find yourself extremely lost in the limbo of thoughts about whether you need to replace your AC system or not. There are a few indicators that you can look at:
So you have a case of a cracked heat exchanger within your furnace or worse yet,a failed compressor in your AC that doesn’t have warranty; repairing such a unit or rather replacing may not be the best option. Sure, getting a repair may seem like a cost-saving choice but it is certainly not an advisable investment choice.
Instead, look at it as an opportunity to replace the old system with a new effective unit that will save money and utility costs. This will also give you a chance to enjoy units with more advanced features.
If your AC is outdated, get a new one!
Another important factor that comes into play is the built year of your AC. As a rule of thumb, if your air conditioning unit is manufactured before 1990, it’s like a good time you throw that old piece of obsolete technology out of your home.
Why are we saying that? Well, because the efficiency of your old AC unit can drop down to 8 SEER or less, whereas, 14 SEER is the minimum that you should have for your AC. For your heating furnace, it could go down to as low as 65 percent of its original performance. This a serious time to make a calculated cost-benefit analysis and get yourself one of the most suitable HVAC for your home.
Air Conditioner’s Life Expectancy
In the case that the equipment is under 3\4s of its lie expectancy and the repair will cost less than 1/3 of the replacement, then any AC contractor Pensacola, FL will advise you to have it repaired. Our team of trained professionals at McCullough & Sons Cooling and Heating, INC will be more than happy to offer you premium quality services.
About the energy savings
Most of us are a so badly caught up in their work routines that they hardly find time to decide if their AC needs a replacement, unless it breaks down once and for all. But some people do have a connoisseur for energy efficient and cost saving tech. This kind of attitude not just have private but tons of social benefits. If you aren’t sure of how much you can save by replacing your old air conditioner with a new one, there are different tools available online to find that out. Try them out!
Still, the age old questions of whether to replace or repair is often complicated by the fact that a 5 year old unit may need replacement owing to a lack of proper care and maintenance whereas a 20 year old unit could do just fine with since it looks just as good as it works. With such confusion, it is best advised to have an experienced and qualified technician provide an honest assessment of your HVAC system.
Owing to our many years of experience, we do understand that each situation is different and that every client’s needs are also different. With this in mind, we focus our resources towards creating services that are suited particularly for you.
At the end of it all, deciding whether to repair or replace your HVAC system heavily depends on your finances, environmental needs, and preferred comfort. If you are not sure what you want, don’t fret, we are always here to help.
Sometimes, expected life doesn’t matter
Sorting out the enigma of fixing your ac vs. getting it replaced tends to get a little more complicated when you find out that your neighbour’s ac that is older than yours but works perfectly fine. Whereas, yours is already showing an aggravation. This majorly owes to how much care and maintenance is given to your air conditioning units. A 20-year-old AC unit can do just as fine as a 5-year-old, if it’s properly taken care of. Therefore, it’s necessary that you have an experience and qualified technician to provide you an honest assessment of your HVAC system.
Our years of experience has allowed us to understand how every situation is different from the rest. Our clients needs are on the top of our priorities and that’s who we are able to thoughtfully allocate our resources.
At the end of the day, your absolute decision to repair or replace your air conditioning unit rests solely on your finances, environmental needs and the preferred comfort. If you aren’t sure what to do, give us a call and we will help you through it.