Regular preventive maintenance and prompt repair of problems is the best way to keep your air conditioner running reliably. There comes a time, however, when the old machine isn’t worth repairing anymore. Here are five signs to help you decide if you should repair or replace your air conditioner.
- Higher ongoing high energy bills: If you find that your monthly cooling bills are higher than reported by your friends and neighbors, it could be because your unit has a low seasonal energy efficiency ratio (SEER) and is not efficient. Newer air conditioners will have higher SEER ratings and be less expensive to run because of higher efficiency levels.
- Reduced levels of performance: An air conditioner on the verge of replacement will lose efficiency and effectiveness, causing inconsistent cooling and unexpected spikes in your utility bills. A maintenance tuneup and boost of refrigerant could restore some cooling capacity, but if that doesn’t help, a replacement is probably necessary.
- Simple age and wear: An older air conditioning system that has given you good service for 10 or 12 years is getting close to replacement age. If the unit is still in overall good condition, you should still get several seasons of use out of it. However, if the combination of age and performance factors means a poorly functioning air conditioner, replacement could be the best option.
- Reduced indoor air quality and dehumidification: Air conditioners filter and dehumidify your indoor air as they provide cooling. An increase in indoor humidity or airborne contaminants could mean the unit will need to be replaced soon.
- Frequent repairs are needed: An air conditioner that needs to be fixed frequently is not reliable and is ready to be replaced. If you’ve spent more than 50 percent of the cost of a new system on repairs of your existing unit, give replacement some serious thought.
Geisel Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing is a leading supplier of HVAC and plumbing services in the greater Cleveland area. Contact us today for expert help deciding whether to repair or replace your air conditioner, to get a quote on a new system, or to schedule an expert installation.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in Western Cleveland, Ohio about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about air conditioners and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.
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