When trying to decide whether to repair or replace your A/C unit, you need to ask yourself a few questions.
- How old is it? The federal government recommends replacing air conditioning units that are more than 10 years old. That’s because long-term energy savings for new Energy Star-labeled cooling systems can save at least 20 percent, and possibly more, on your monthly electric bill. In Arizona, the electric companies Salt River Project and Arizona Public Service offer rebates of up to $500 when you buy a new A/C unit.
- Has periodic preventive maintenance been performed on it? Frequent maintenance means longer life. Air filter replacement every one to three months will extend the life of your system by allowing it to run more efficiently.
- Are your electric bills going up because of an inefficient A/C unit? If your air conditioner is running more often and less efficiently, it will trigger higher electric bills.
- Are frequent repairs draining your pocketbook? Sooner or later you’ll have to decide how much longer you can afford to waste money on repairs.
- Is your unit making a lot of noise? This is another clue that it’s time to get rid of the old “clunker.”
- Do you have problems with indoor air quality? This is the bottom line for A/C units. An older air conditioner can directly effect your family’s health.
- How often has your system been operating? In Arizona, everyone knows that the hot summers make A/C units work overtime. Heavy use generally means shorter life.
- Are you planning to move soon? Perhaps investing in a new A/C unit would be a smart thing to do before you put your home on the market. Especially with the rebates that are available.
If you need help deciding whether to repair or replace your HVAC system, contact one of the friendly pros at Wolff Mechanical.