Air Conditioning Repair vs. Replacement
Summer in Texas can be brutal, and an AC unit is one of the most important appliance in the house. If your AC is old, it may be having problems. It’s tough to know when it’s time to replace an old appliance, or when it will still function well with a simple repair. Not sure when it’s time for air conditioning repair or air conditioning replacement? Here are some things to consider:
How Old is It? — If the AC unit is less than 10 years old, it’s not necessary for you to replace it (unless it’s been through a hurricane or has been seriously damaged). Most quality appliances have at least a 10 year lifespan, so it should be fine. If it’s 10 years old or older, it may be time to get a new one.
What Type of Refrigerant Does it Use? — This is something that you may not know, but the R22 coolant is being phased out because of it’s effects on the environment. If it uses the old R22 coolant instead of the new R-410A, repairing your unit is only going to increase with time and coolant with become harder to find. If your unit does use R22 coolant, it’s time to switch it out for a newer model that uses R-410A.
Is It Showing Signs of Age? — As with any appliance, there are always going to be signs that a machine is past its prime and is in need of replacing. The old AC will probably kick up a lot more dust than it should, and you’ll hear it rattling and wheezing. You may get a lot more humidity in your home than there should be, or your AC unit only turns on for a certain amount of time. If you notice signs of age, consider trading it out for a new one.
Is It Costlier Than It Should Be? — An old AC will use a lot more coolant than a new one, and it will also use much more energy than it should. If you are receiving electric bills that are far higher than normal, you may want to look at your AC unit. The older the models are, the less efficiently they will run. If you upgrade, you’ll save on energy costs — and you’ll get an AC unit that provides more cooling power.
How Many Times Has It Been Fixed? — If you’re calling in an air conditioning repair professional for the third time this year, it may be time to consider replacement. The machines can only be fixed so many times before they just quit completely, so after a few repairs it may be time to consider getting a new one.
If you’re trying to decide if you need to repair or replace your AC unit, give the experts at Tex-Perts a call at 210-599-1200, or fill out the contact form and one of our friendly staff will contact you quickly!