As we head into the summer months in Fayetteville and elsewhere in northwest Arkansas, we want to know that our cooling systems are going to operate without a hitch, keeping us cool and comfortable inside our homes. Are you sure that your air conditioning will turn on and run smoothly throughout the summer? If it’s an older unit or has not been properly maintained, you could be in for an unhappy surprise.
Repair vs. Replace: The Questions You Should Be Asking
Now is the time to be thinking about the state of your AC system. If you’re not sure whether it’s time to repair or replace, be sure to ask these questions about your system.
How Old Is Your AC?
Generally, homeowners should expect a cooling system to last 10 to 15 years. However, longevity is not a given. If your system hasn’t been tuned-up on a regular basis or is too large or too small, it may not last as long as it should.
How Efficient is It?
Older cooling systems, even when well maintained, simply aren’t as efficient as newer high-efficiency units. They use more energy and often don’t keep your home as comfortable as it could be. Because they’re less efficient, they use more energy and increase your cooling bills.
Is It the Right Size?
Unfortunately, many homes have cooling systems that are either too large or too small for the home they’re in. If your unit is too large, it may run on shorter cycles and encourage higher humidity within your home. If it’s too small, it will run constantly without ever achieving the cool, even temperatures you desire.
How Often Does It Need Repair?
As your air conditioner ages, it may require more repairs more often, even if it is well maintained. If the frequency of repairs is becoming expensive and leaving you for days without air conditioning, it may be time to consider AC replacement.
How Do Repair and New Installation Costs Compare?
If your cooling system requires repairs, find out what the estimate will be. If your AC repair is minor, such as a blocked drain line, or will cost less than 25% of what a new unit will cost, then repair may be the better option. For larger issues such as damaged condenser coils, if the cost will be more than 25% the cost of a new unit, repairing your older unit it may not be worth the cost.
Get a Trusted Professional Opinion
It’s a lot to think about, but a technician from a reputable company will be able to provide guidance on all of these questions.
Family-run BurtonWright Mechanical stands behind our work and offers quality products, promising that if we install a home comfort system for you, it will heat and cool properly in all areas of your house within two degrees of what’s on your thermostat. Whether you choose repair or replacement, you can count on our friendly staff and qualified technicians to ensure the job is done right.