A broken air conditioner can prompt a lot of questions – especially about whether to repair or replace the unit. This is even more critical if it’s an old AC that breaks down. Typically, it is recommended that HVAC systems be replaced after 10 years, but every situation is unique – and you don’t want to spend more money than necessary. Here are a few steps that will help you decide whether to repair or replace your AC altogether.
Identify the Problem
When your HVAC unit malfunctions or stops working completely, have a trained professional inspect it as soon as possible. The specialists at Champion AC can quickly identify the problem with your AC and give you an estimate for the cost of repair.
AC replacement and installation are expensive, but sometimes the investment is financially smarter than pouring money into AC repairs. Compare the cost of the necessary repairs to the cost of getting a new AC system installed.
If the cost of the repair is more than the cost of replacement, ditching the old AC is a no-brainer. If the replacement still costs more but is anywhere near the price of repairs, consider making the jump and investing in a new air conditioner.
It’s better to invest in a new AC than be stuck waiting for yet another repair in the heat of summer. When considering whether to replace or repair, ask yourself how old the system is, how costly your energy bills are and if the system is under warranty. (If it is, the repairs may be paid for.)
An AC unit over 10 years old is less energy efficient, which will cause high energy bills, and it isn’t likely to be under warranty. In this instance, investing in a new HVAC system will help you avoid those summer energy bill surprises and frequent repairs in the future.
Whatever choice you make regarding the future of your HVAC system, Champion AC can provide you with exceptional service solutions. We provide AC installation and repairs, with affordable financing on new air conditioners.
Contact us today to get a free estimate on a new AC.
Ben is a retired Combat Controller with the United States Air Force. He started Champion AC in 2007. Ben is originally from the Mississippi Gulf Coast. He is happily married and an avid fan of the San Antonio Spurs and New Orleans Saints.