When an air conditioning system breaks, one of the first instincts is to call for a quick repair. Although having the system repaired seems to be the least expensive way to go at the moment, it may not be when you look at it long term.
Making the decision to repair or replace your air conditioning system can be difficult. With over 50 years of serving central Texas, you can trust a Christianson air conditioning expert to provide you with the best options for your specific situation.
There are several things to be considered when making such a decision.
How old is the system? – On average, the typical air conditioner is expected to last 12-15 years although there are many examples where systems have failed much sooner as well as many that have been running much longer. Factors that contribute to the life of an A/C unit are the location, how the system has been maintained, and the demands placed on the system.
How has the system been performing? – If your air conditioner has been performing well and you have not experienced any significant issues, it is reasonable to assume that it will continue to run well with a few or minor repairs. Conversely, if you have experienced issues with your system such as a series of repairs and a sense of poor performance, it may be a good time to seriously consider a replacement.
Cost of operation – If your A/C unit is more than 12 years old, it may be operating at one-half (1/2) of current high efficiency units. A new unit may provide as much as a 50% savings in energy which will significantly impact your annual cooling and heating bills.
Cost to repair or replace – When assessing whether to repair or replace a system, always consider its age, how it has been performing, and potential energy (cost) savings. Some repairs may be too costly to even consider. If you are seriously thinking about a replacement unit, always get a free no obligation estimate.
Being fully informed will help guide you to the best decision for your short term and long term needs.