There are many considerations to the question repair or replace when it comes to the cooling system. Here, Alaskan Air Conditioning lists some things you may not have thought about as you ponder this question. They are:
- Age: Most premium refrigerated air systems come with 10-year manufacturer warranty on major working parts. But, with regular preventive maintenance, it is likely that an HVAC system can last 4 to 7 years longer. If your AC system is older than 10 years and has not been properly maintained, it is probably best to replace it, especially if you are looking at costly repairs. If it has been maintained yearly, 10 years should not be the replacement guideline. A simple repair may be in order.
- Efficiency: Recent advances in A/C technology have greatly improved energy efficiency…and that means more utility savings. Only a few years ago, 10 SEER (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio) was the minimum energy rating on AC. Today, 14 SEER (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio) is the minimum…and systems are available up to 20+ SEER. The higher the SEER rating, the more utility savings. And, the amount of utility savings on today’s higher efficiency HVAC systems yields a quicker payoff of a new installation. Something to consider if replacing will save you a lot on your energy bills.
- R-22 Refrigerant: HVAC manufacturers stopped making air conditioning units “charged” with R-22 in 2010. Today, R-22 has many restrictions, not to mention prices have soared in recent years due to the EPA’s eventual phaseout (production will completely end 2020). If you have a system using R-22 refrigerant, you have no choice but to replace.
- Length of stay: Do you know how long are you planning to stay in the house that is looking at the repair or replacement? There are arguments for both sides. If you are planning to move soon and you don’t want to make a large investment in the HVAC system, then a repair should be considered. However, if you don’t have a good working AC, you may not be able to sell that house at the price you want to list. Both arguments have value…this decision is up to you.
But, to best way to answer the “repair or replace” question of your existing A/C, is to schedule an inspection with an Alaskan Air Conditioning expert technician. The nominal costs for our repair estimates or one of our FREE new system estimates, is worth the price and peace of mind for knowing if you should repair or replace your HVAC system.