Should I Repair Or Replace My AC?

Should I Repair Or Replace My AC?

When your air conditioner runs into a problem, you are faced with the question, should you repair or replace your AC? Just like any other machine, an air conditioner is bound to run into problems that require a technician to repair it. Of course, eventually repairing isn’t the right option, but replacing the AC makes more sense. 

Should I Repair Or Replace My AC

Deciding whether to repair or replace your AC can be a tough decision, as it involves weighing different factors to make the most cost-effective choice, that keeps your home comfort in mind as well. I’ve seen lots of different HVAC systems that have broken down, and there are a few main questions to ask that will help you decide between a repair or replacement. 

If you want to talk to an expert about your air conditioning system now, give us a call here at Blue Ridge Heating and Air. We can take a look at your AC system, and let you know whether repairing or replacing your system is the right choice! 

What Are The Factors That Decide Repair Or Replace?

Not every AC and home are the same, so it’s important to weigh the factors when you are deciding whether to repair or replace your air conditioning system. Here are some of the most important factors:

How Old Is Your Air Conditioner?

Why Should You Have Your Air Conditioner Serviced The age of your air conditioner is one of the easiest factors to measure. Most AC units have a lifespan of about 10 to 15 years. If your unit is over 10 years old and experiencing frequent problems, it might be time to consider a replacement. Older units are more prone to breakdowns and often lack the energy efficiency of newer models. Investing in a new unit could save you money in the long run by eliminating the need for repair costs and lowering your energy bills. 

If your system is less than 10 years old, consider a repair, as long as it’s not going to cost TOO much money. 

How Much Does Your Repair Cost?

Another crucial factor is the cost of repairs. If the repair is cheap and easy, it could be best to go that route. On the contrary, if the repair is more than $1200, it’s time to start thinking about a replacement. 

On top of needing to pay 4 figures for a repair, your system is probably going to continue to run into expensive issues. If the repair is too expensive, think about a new AC instead. The chances are you will save some money with better energy efficiency, and improve your home comfort. 

How Well Has Your Air Conditioner Been Working?

Evaluate the overall performance of your air conditioner before it broke down. If your AC unit has been struggling to cool your home effectively, runs continuously without maintaining the desired temperature, or produces unusual noises, it may be time for a replacement. 

Poor performance not only affects comfort but also indicates that this breakdown isn’t the first sign it’s time for a new system.

On the other hand, if your AC has been working well with minimal issues, and your energy bills have been solid, a repair might be the better option to keep it running smoothly for a few more years.

How Energy Efficient Is Your Air Conditioner?

If your AC is an older unit that has been working for years, the chances are it has been losing energy efficiency. Not only is the wear and tear a factor when it comes to AC efficiency, but older units simply don’t have the technology of newer AC systems. 

Newer models come with improved technology and better energy efficiency ratings, often referred to as SEER (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio). The higher the SEER rating, the more efficient the unit. Upgrading to a high-efficiency model can result in substantial savings on your energy bills, offsetting the initial cost of the new AC unit over time.

Does Your AC Use Freon (R-22)?

If your air conditioner uses Freon (R-22), it is essential to consider replacement. Freon has been phased out due to its harmful environmental impact, and it is no longer produced or imported in the United States, starting in 2020. As a result, the cost of Freon has skyrocketed, making repairs involving this refrigerant extremely expensive. 

Newer AC units use more environmentally friendly refrigerants, such as R-410A, or Puron, which are more readily available and less costly. Upgrading to a cooling unit that uses a modern refrigerant can save you money on repairs and help reduce your carbon footprint. 

How Replacing Your AC Can Save Money

Replacing your air conditioner can be viewed as a financial burden, but there are ways to save money as well, outside of avoiding repair costs. Here are some ways a new AC unit can help you save money:

Lower Energy Bills

AC Heat PumpAs mentioned earlier, newer air conditioners are significantly more energy-efficient than older models. By replacing your old unit with a high-efficiency model, you can reduce your energy consumption and lower your monthly utility bills. 

So many people think they are saving money by avoiding replacing their AC system, because they are avoiding the initial investment. What they may not realize is the old AC they are using is costing them hundreds of dollars in unnecessary energy bills. Sometimes even thousands of dollars over the course of a summer. 

The savings on energy costs can be substantial if you are improving your energy efficiency. Over time, the reduced energy expenses can offset the initial cost of the new unit, making it a worthwhile investment.

Fewer Repairs

New AC units are less likely to break down compared to older ones, resulting in fewer repair bills. When you invest in a new air conditioner, you benefit from the latest technology and improved durability. Manufacturers often provide warranties on new units, covering parts and labor for a certain period. This means you will not have to worry about unexpected repair costs during the warranty period, providing peace of mind and financial predictability. 

What Should You Do?

Either way, you are going to have to call in a professional to repair the AC or replace it. Luckily now you are armed with some knowledge about what should help you make this decision. If you are located in Upstate SC or Western NC, give us a call. The AC experts here at Blue Ridge can take a look at your AC system and make sure we give you the best repair and replacement options available!