Is It Time To Repair Or Replace Your A/C?
Do you have a hard time keeping your home cool? This could be a sign that your A/C unit should be repaired or replaced. Although a new air conditioner can be a big investment, so can the costs of continually repairing and operating an old, inefficient unit. So how are you supposed to know when it’s time to repair or replace?
Consider The Age Of Your A/C
The age of your heating and cooling unit plays a critical role in the decision to repair or replace. Use the ‘5000 rule.’ In other words, multiply the age of the equipment by the repair cost. If that exceeds $5,000 dollars, you should consider replacing the unit.
Energy Efficiency Matters
Recent advances in A/C technology have greatly improved energy efficiency. Energy Star recommends upgrading to an energy-efficient unit if your current one is more than 10 years old. The average lifespan of an A/C unit is about 14 years.
R-22 Can Influence Your Options
If an A/C unit requires additional refrigerant, also known as Freon, there’s a coolant leak. You can add more Freon, but the repair costs may not be worth it. Between repairing the leak, adding refrigerant, and replacing the compressor, it will end up being the same as buying a new, low-end unit.
On the other hand, if it’s not broken, don’t fix it. If your system shows no leaks, and your energy bills are low, there should be no reason to replace your A/C unit.
To gauge the condition of your existing A/C, schedule an inspection with one of our HVAC experts at Jupiter-Tequesta. We are here to help you with all of your home cooling needs! Browse our website to learn more about our services, or give us a call to speak with a representative directly:
Tequesta: (561) 747-5740
Palm Beach: (561) 626-6822
Martin: (772) 546-2822
St. Lucie: (772) 546-2822
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