Replacing your home’s air conditioner is possibly one of the biggest decisions you will make this summer to keep a comfortable home. Whether to choose between an AC repair or an entire air conditioner replacement is a call you may have to deal with. Fortunately there is a point at which you can know it’s time to stop putting money in to AC repairs and choose to replace your air conditioner.
Increasing AC Age
Something to consider before getting too involved in to the process is the age of the air conditioner. Like most mechanical devices, air conditioners will give out over time. With a new air conditioner, newer technology offers improved comfort and much longer reliability, for less money. While it’s not on the same scale, you could equate heating and air conditioning equipment to computers. The technology does have a lifecycle and newer, more advanced upgrades are always being created.
Increasing AC Repair Costs
With an appliance as intricate as a central air conditioner, there are parts that give out and break down over time, especially if routine maintenance has not been done. A well-maintained unit should work well throughout peak air conditioning season. A good rule of thumb when deciding to buy a new air conditioner is that if annual AC repair costs approach $1,200, it’s probably a good time to replace. That’s because the average monthly payment of an entirely new air conditioning system is the equivalent of a single repair cost.
Another way to think about this is, if the cost for the AC repair is 1/12 of the cost of a new AC replacement, the advantages of the replacement air conditioner in low monthly payments, energy bill reduction and improved comfort likely outweighs the investment in the AC repair.
Noticing decreases in your energy bill doesn’t take long when it happens consistently. It can be easy to write it off as an anomaly, but be sure to take a closer look at the energy you’re consuming and see if those increases are due to greater usage, or more likely due to something else like lower efficiency of your home’s air conditioner. The older your AC system gets (and the longer it goes before being maintained), the more inefficient it will become. It may also be an indicator that it’s time for air conditioner replacement.
Older air conditioners and ductwork run much louder than today’s new AC systems. That loud clanking you’ve become familiar with, or the overall noise level when the air conditioner is running could mean the end is near for your current air conditioner. It’s possible that you don’t realize how much noise you and your family have been living with until you realize the extreme quiet that a newer, more modern air conditioning system can provide.
Of course, these aren’t the only problems that indicate the need for air conditioner replacement, but they are a few of the more common ones that we see routinely. Aramendia Plumbing, Heating and Air can help by giving you a free assessment of your home’s air conditioning system to help determine whether the time has come for your air conditioner to be replaced, or if it’s best to go forward with an AC repair. San Antonio has trusted us for a reason, and that’s because your comfort is always top priority. Give us a call at 210-404-4233 or set up a free appointment today.