Spring is upon us, though we’ve already begun experiencing warmer temperatures since before winter ended. If you’ve already found yourself using your air conditioning system, then hopefully you didn’t run into any problems. However, over the years your AC experiences natural wear and tear, and even a well maintained cooling system will eventually need to be replaced. But how do you determine when that time has come? How do you know if you should replace your AC, or if a simple repair will do?
How Old Is Your System?
On average, an air conditioner lasts about 10-15 years. That is of course dependent on if you make regular maintenance appointments, as well as how often the system gets used. Simply put though, AC units that are over a decade old are unable to provide the efficiency and performance offered by newer models. An HVAC professional can help you decide if your system is beyond repair, but keep reading for a couple other factors to consider.
The government’s Energy Star requirements make today’s cooling systems more efficient than they have ever been before. Replacing a system that’s 10-15 years old could result in much lower monthly cooling bills, as the newer system will be able to cool your home more efficiently and allow you to run the system less. Efficient air conditioners are also more environmentally friendly than their outdated counterparts.
Sometimes, all that is needed to get your AC back up and running after a malfunction is a simple repair. While some of these repairs are relatively inexpensive, other services can end up costing you more than your aging system is worth. When you are choosing between whether to repair your system or replace is, you should look at the cost of that repairs, and how often you’ve needed to have repairs done as of lately. If it is going to cost you too much when your system may only last one more season, then it may be better to put that money toward a replacement.
For air conditioning replacement in Plano, TX and surrounding areas, contact Oaks Heat & Air today.