AC repair VS. AC installation? Which road do I take, and how do I know when it’s time for a whole new install?
In this blog, we will go over some of the ways you can determine which direction you need to go following a malfunctioning AC unit. Some situations might warrant a simple repair and cleaning, whereas others may require a larger, more costly repair that may even defeat the purpose of keeping the old unit in the first place rather than replacing it.
The average life of an AC unit is said to be anywhere from 10-15 years, and depending on care, maybe even a little longer.
Sounds like a pretty good length of time right?
Truthfully, these days, most people don’t even stay living in one home for that long. Although the predicted average length of an AC units life seems rather generous, it does very much depend on how you care for it, and how it may have been cared for by the homeowners before you.
Many things can impact the overall lifespan of an AC unit, such as; frequency of use, the conditions it operates under, as well as whether or not you are having it maintained regularly. All of these are key components in caring for your HVAC system as well as prolonging its life.
The frequency of use is simply referring to just how often your system has to kick on and off, and how hard it has to work to cool your home each time. The number of times your AC unit powers on and off, along with the amount of energy it uses, can put some serious mileage on your system.
Operating conditions are anything that may affect your units ability to do its job smoothly and without restriction or delay.
What do I mean by this? Well, when was the last time you changed out your unit’s filter? Changing your AC filter, depending on the size of your unit and your homes air conditions, and whether or not you have pets should be replaced regularly.
In an average suburban home, your filter should be replaced around the three-month mark, if you have a dog or cat… 2 months, and with multiple pets or if you have pet allergies, once a month.
All of your home’s airflow sweeps right through your filter and flows back into your home. If your filter’s airways are compromised with dirt and debris buildup, this will most definitely cause your unit to work much harder, straining its power and efficiency. Not only will this energy waste and power strain cost you more monthly, but it will also wear out your system much sooner.
Another factor commonly overlooked that will weigh in on your air conditioning units lifespan is whether or not you have a regular maintenance plan in place. Most HVAC companies offer maintenance plans to their customers, providing proper upkeep and lasting efficiency. THAT is what gets you to the finish line.
If you can manage setting up an HVAC maintenance plan, you will greatly reduce your cost of repairs along the way as well as increasing the lifespan of your unit by quite a bit.
When deciding whether or not it’s time for a brand new installation or simply another repair, there are a few things you want to consider.
If your AC unit has surpassed the average lifespan mark of 10, or even 15 years in some cases, it is most definitely time to replace it! Repairs will only cost you time and money, and pouring cash into prolonging a “functionality time frame” that has already expired is a waste.
If the cost of your repair is extremely high, it usually makes much more sense to just replace it and save yourself time and even further repair money down the road.
If that is the case, then you are definitely pouring money into a lost cause. It would make much more sense to pay money up front for a new HVAC installation, enjoy the new units crisp performance and spend less time and money annually on its functionality.
If your unit is less than 10 years old and having some issues, and you simply aren’t financially ready for a new install, then go ahead and have a repair done, as long as the costs make sense of course. Most AC units in some way or another can be repaired.
What it really comes down to is how old your unit is, what it’s costing you for operation, and what it may cost you in repairs… you just have to weigh out what makes sense and which decision seems to be more feasible to you, Repair or Replace.
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