As a homeowner, how do you know when it makes sense to put money into repairing your existing air conditioner or if you would be better off replacing it with a brand new one?
There are a number of factors you need to take into consideration.
The best way to determine whether you should repair or replace your air conditioner is to ask yourself these 5 questions.
Questions To Ask Yourself Before Repairing Or Replacing An Air Conditioner
1. How Old Is My System?
The age of the air conditioner matters when making your decision. After it is over 10 years old, you may want to give serious consideration to replacing it if it requires major repairs. The average lifespan of an air conditioning unit is approximately 14 years.
2. What Is The Efficiency Level Of My Current System?
If you currently have an older system, it makes sense to upgrade to a newer, more energy-efficient one. According to Energy Star, investing in a new unit, which could cost somewhere in the range of $3,600 – $8,000, will help you save you 20 percent on your heating and cooling costs per year!
3. What Is The Overall Condition Of My System?
To determine the overall condition of your system, have a licensed HVAC company, like us here at Simply the Best Heating & Cooling perform a detailed inspection. Once the inspection has been completed, the technician will be able to tell you whether your current system can reasonably be expected to last for a few more years or if it should be replaced soon.
4. How Often Is My System Operating?
If you are using your system often, keeping it in good repair is more of a priority than for someone who only uses it now and again. You may be less inclined to put money into it if you don’t use it as often than if it is running constantly in the summer.
5. Am I Planning On Moving Soon?
Depending on the age of your system and how soon you plan to move, there are a couple of ways you can handle the situation. There are a number of buyers who want to buy a home that is “move-in ready” and doesn’t require any work. If you are planning to move in the next 12 months or so and your air conditioner needs to be replaced, it may make sense to replace it and mention that fact as an incentive to buyers.
If, however, you will be moving soon and you don’t want to or can’t afford to replace your air conditioner, have a licensed HVAC technician give you an estimate on the cost of a replacement so that you can share it with potential buyers. They will know how much it will cost before making an offer on the property.
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When you need the best to service your air conditioning unit, call Simply the Best Heating & Cooling. We offer free estimates on new HVAC equipment and 100 percent financing for your convenience.