As the winter months roll on by and we make our way towards warmer weather, it is essential to ensure that your air conditioner is fit and ready to keep you cool, calm and collected.
If you have had your air conditioner for a while and it’s not performing the way it used too, you may wonder whether it is better to get it repaired or replace it altogether.
The last thing you want is a bad decision on your hands with such a big investment. And because there are so many variables to consider when looking at an air conditioning system, the choice is not easy. Run through our top three questions to ask to understand whether you would benefit from an air conditioning replacement, or if a repair and service is the best choice for you.
How old is your air conditioner?
One of the first things you need to learn is how old your air conditioner really is. If your system is older than ten years old, it might just be time to move on to a new one. Of course, there are factors other than age, which should also be considered. However, the number of years the system has been operating is a good indicator as to whether you should start thinking about something new or not. In most cases, you can find the age of your air conditioner with an inspection sticker located on the front or side of the equipment. Otherwise, call a technician. Most of the time, our technicians can locate the age simply off of the serial number on your air conditioner.
How energy efficient is your air conditioner?
If you have had your air conditioner for a while, then chances are it does not operate at maximum energy efficiency. This means that it could be costing you a lot more to operate than it should. Not only do older systems lose their efficiency over time, but, newer air conditioners offer more advanced, cost-saving technology. This is something you should consider before you opt for a cheaper repair, rather than a new air conditioner. There is a number of online tools that you can use to assess how much your air conditioner is costing you as well as how much you can save when you buy a new one.
How much will it cost?
While age and energy efficiency are important, you will always be thinking about the end cost of repairing and replacing your air conditioner. If your system is more than 10 years old and is set to cost more than $700 to repair, we recommend that you seriously consider replacement as the better option. It should also be noted that repairs continue to add up over the years of ownership, being a high cost over time. It is also important however, to consider your budget and other priorities.
While asking these questions will be helpful in guiding you in the right direction, the best thing to do is call a technician for advice.
With over 9 years of experience under our belt, we pride ourselves on providing fast and efficient service of the highest quality.
If you have any questions about buying an Air Conditioner system or are looking for a quote for electrical installations, repairs, or general maintenance, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with HunterCON today.