Most Southern California homeowners tell us they aren’t sure whether or not to replace or repair their air conditioner. Maybe it’s making a strange noise, vibrating too much, leaking refrigerant, or your utility bills have gone up. All you know is that something’s not quite right!
But what does that mean? A new system or a simple repair? The last thing you want in the middle of summer is to make a panicked decision about your AC system. Here is what you need to know about air conditioner repair and replacement before plunking down any money.
How long do you plan to live in your current home? A well-maintained and regularly tuned-up air conditioner can last many years. But if you plan to move in the next few years, replacing an older unit may not be a sound investment unless it’s absolutely necessary. The condition of your A/C may play into the sale price or negotiations of your home.
How old is your AC unit? If it’s only two or five years old, you may see more benefit to repairing the system instead of replacing it. In most cases, AC units that are older than ten years are outdated and inefficient.
You may be losing money month after month with an old and inadequate air conditioner. Repair may not be the best route in this case.
How high are your energy bills? If your air conditioner is older and runs continuously but still doesn’t cool your home sufficiently, you will have unnecessarily high utility bills. An air conditioner replacement is the most effective way to solve energy considerations and could save you several hundred dollars on your yearly utility bills.
Does your current AC meet your needs? Is it too noisy? Does it vibrate and cause home life disruptions? Is it in a bad location in your home?
When You Should Repair
Much like a car repair, when you take it to the shop to fix one thing, they often find a whole host of other things that must also be repaired. Now, instead of a $500 quick fix, you’re $3,500 in and still don’t have a car to drive until it’s fixed.
Air conditioner maintenance can sometimes work the same. You drop the cash to repair it, and every new clink or vibration is a new worry about potential problems.
Consider all the previously mentioned concerns, age, if you’re moving, and how efficient the machine is before committing to a repair. If it’s going to cost you more than $5,000, we recommend air conditioner replacement for the best use of funds.
When You Should Replace
Replacing your AC system offers several solutions that repairs simply may not solve. A more efficient system that cools your home better and faster, making your home more comfortable. Your monthly bills go down, and you’re able to conserve money and use energy more responsibly.
With air conditioner replacement, you can get a long-term warranty that will cover parts and potentially labor. A new AC system will be more aesthetically pleasing, with no rust or wear and tear, and it will run quietly and smoothly.
Replacement Rule of Thumb
Anytime the cost of repair is over $5,000, it’s time to start over with a newer, more efficient system. No more recurring and costly repairs, just a new system that works like it’s supposed to!
Schedule a tune-up today to see what repairs you may be facing, and which option is best for your Los Angeles home!