As HVAC service and maintenance professionals in Phoenix and Tucson, we are often asked (as other HVAC companies most likely are) ‘How do I know if I should repair or replace my air conditioner?’ Though it would seem fairly cut and dry, the answer actually depends on a number of factors. Often we find that the costly HVAC repair that homeowners are afraid of, turns out to actually be just a maintenance issue that is solved quickly and inexpensively. But when is it smarter to invest in a new AC unit rather than just shelling out for yet another replacement? Take the following into consideration when attempting to determine if it is finally time to get a new air conditioner installed:
If your unit is more than 20 years old – it’s time to replace. Though built to last, older AC units are so much less efficient than today’s models, that even after the initial investment of installation, you are actually wasting money on that old dinosaur. Consider all of the operating costs involved when making your decision.
If the repair is extensive and expensive, and not covered by warranty- it’s time to replace. Replacing a major component like a cracked condenser on a unit that isn’t guaranteed to last much longer is an investment that you may want to think twice about. Time to replace.
If the rule applies – its time to replace. The accepted rule for the HVAC service industry is that if your unit is beyond three-quarters of its life expectancy and the cost to repair it is more than a third of the cost to replace it, then its time to get the new unit. For example, that 17-year-old unit that your local ac repair guy is telling you will cost $450 to repair is better off being recycled than being reinvested in. Time for a new model.
Get an honest assessment by the professionals in AC repair and maintenance at Orangutan Home Services of Phoenix. We have been assessing the needs of homeowners for more than a decade, and understand when an air conditioning unit has seen its better days.