An air conditioner breakdown in the middle of the summer is bad enough on its own terms. On top of your discomfort, however, you’re also faced with the decision to either repair or replace your cooling equipment. Though an air conditioning repair may seem like the more cost-efficient option, there are certain factors to consider when deciding whether a total replacement may be your best option.
Climate control systems are not built to last forever. The typical retirement age for cooling equipment is between 10 and 15 years. The older your system is, the more likely it is that you’ll experience problems or frequent breakdowns. With age also comes the additional barrier of discontinued replacement parts. This can make an air conditioning repair extremely costly, if not impossible. Biting the bullet and replacing an old air conditioning system will likely save you the money of future repair costs.
How efficient was your cooling equipment before it broke down? Be mindful that even if an air conditioning repair is possible, your technician cannot make your system run more efficiently. Cooling equipment that was manufactured as recently as 10 years ago is far less efficient than the air conditioners being produced today. With a variety of features that promote energy savings, today’s cooling equipment is crafted to save you money. Though you may be dreading the initial investment in a new air conditioner, you’ll be glad that you did when you receive your reduced utility bill.
Take the time to evaluate your system’s condition. If your equipment is approaching the end of its lifespan and is breaking down frequently, upgrading your system is a financially prudent choice. Even if your system has not reached retirement age, it may be beyond repair if it was not properly maintained. Routine preventive maintenance is required for your equipment to run its full life.
For more expert advice on knowing whether to repair or replace your air conditioner, contact the professionals at NisAir Air Conditioning and Heating. We’ve been serving Martin, Palm Beach, St. Lucie and Indian River counties since 1973.