This is your guide and checklist for knowing when it’s time to replace vs. when it’s time to repair.
When to Repair
In general, most air conditioning units that have been purchased and installed within the past 2-3 years can safely be repaired without needing to be considered for replacement. However, the amount of repairs and how frequent they are happening can play a big role in whether or not you need to replace. You should always repair the AC unit if the amount you’ve spent on repairs hasn’t yet exceed what you initially invested into it. However, that is also if the AC unit is not problematic.
Checklist for Replacement
In some cases, it can be hard to determine when exactly you should replace. Using the checklist below, determine if your AC unit falls under any of these issues.
- The unit is more than 10 years old. Never perform excessive repairs on a unit that is more than 10 years old. The life expectancy of an AC unit averages at around 10 years as it is; therefore, it’s likely that it will degrade in performance from that point on.
- You frequently repair the unit, and your energy bills keep rising. Constant repairs and a rising electric bill are both signs that the unit is outdated, poor quality, and ready for a replacement. Replacing the unit will not only stop the constant need to repair the unit, but it will also bring down your cooling costs quite a bit.
- Your home is contracting excessive dust, dirt, and debris. If you notice excessive dirt and dust in your home and especially around the ducts of your air conditioning unit, it’s probably time for maintenance. However, if you already maintain your AC unit on a regular basis and you still notice these problems in the home, it’s definitely time to replace.
- Your Home Energy Yardstick score is less than 5. The Home Energy Yardstick is a tool that Energy Star offers homeowners to get an idea of how energy efficient their homes are. This score sheds a lot of light on how much energy is being used for heating and cooling. Use this score to determine whether or not it’s a sound investment to keep or replace your AC unit.
By keeping track of how much strain you are putting on your AC unit and accurately assessing whether or not it is in need of repair, you can be sure to save tons of money in the long run. Look for the signs that indicate that you are in need of a new unit or just a quick and easy repair by following these simple tips. Making the right decision can mean the difference between spending a little and spending a lot of money.