Should You Replace Your Air Conditioner?

If you have a little bit of extra money to spend and are thinking about replacing your air conditioner, there are a few questions you should ask yourself first before spending your money. Sometimes a repair to your air conditioner and maintenance can lengthen the life of your air conditioner for quite some time, but there are other times when replacing it is a better option. Read below for things to consider before replacing your air conditioner.

Hold Old Is It?

If your air conditioner is older than 15 years old, it may not have too much more life in it. Your system may begin to break down more often, or may not be quite as energy efficient as it had once been. If your system is older, you may want to think about replacing it. If it's less than that, you can probably wait on replacing it.

How Many Repairs Have You Had to Make?

How many repairs have you had to make on your air conditioner? If it's breaking down often and the repairs are getting costly, replacing your air conditioner altogether may be a better option and more cost effective. Breakdowns are going to cost you more than just the parts to repair your air conditioner; you're also going to be paying for a service call as well, which can all add up.

How Energy Efficient Is It?

Is the unit energy efficient, or is it costing you a lot more money than you even realize? Check the seer rating on your system. A seer rating of 13 is usually standard, although a higher rating will be a more energy efficient system. If your system is less than 13, it isn't going to be as energy efficient as a newer system. This means you could be losing a lot of money if your air conditioner is struggling to keep up.

How Big (Or Little) Is Your System?

If your system isn't the right size for your home, it is going to either work too hard to keep up with cooling your home. If your system is too large, it will run and cool your home quickly, but it will shut off over and over again, which will cost you a lot of money. Your system should be just the right size for your home; otherwise, you're going to be paying a lot of money in energy bills.

Your air conditioner may need to be replaced, or it may only need some repairs. Keep the above tips in mind before repairing or scheduling an ac replacement.