At Schomburg Heating & Cooling, we understand that replacing your current air conditioning system is a big expense. Having said that, we also know there comes a time when frequent or constant repairs end up costing you more, not only in terms of the repairs themselves, but reduced energy efficiency and perhaps even a loss of comfort. When should you repair, and when is it better to replace air conditioning equipment? We’ll answer these questions below.
Whether you’re a resident or business owner in the Kansas City area, surviving summer months without a properly functioning AC unit can be tough, if not impossible. If you’re having issues with your current system, here are a few tips to help you make the decision of whether to repair or replace.
How old is your A/C equipment?
If your current air conditioning system is 10 years old or older, it may be time to replace. Why? Costs to repair can be substantial, especially if you find you’re having to have repairs performed frequently. In addition, Energy Star recommends upgrading to a newer model, as today’s systems are more energy efficient, saving you money on heating/cooling costs.
Here’s a general rule of thumb you can use to determine whether a repair is okay, or whether you may want to consider replacing your A/C system. Take the age of your current system and multiply it by the cost of the repair. For instance, if repairs will cost $300 and your unit is 11 years old, the repair would be equivalent to $3,300. This is based on a $5,000 rule – if the answer you get is higher than $5,000, it’s time to replace. Heating and cooling systems generally last up to 15 years, so it just doesn’t make a lot of sense to keep pouring money into an old, less energy efficient system.
Other factors that may impact your decision include whether your energy bills are rising, if repairs are becoming more and more common, or if your home feels too hot in summer months – it isn’t as comfortable as it once was. Also keep in mind that by installing a new air conditioning system in your Kansas City area home or business, you will save about 20% on cooling and heating costs, according to Energy Star. Most newer models today cost between $3,600 and $7,200 which is a big investment, but considering the energy savings and less frequent repairs, the investment is worth it for most customers who have older units. The fact that R-22 refrigerant is being phased out may be another factor in your decision.
Have additional questions? At Schomburg Heating & Cooling, our Kansas City HVAC professionals are dedicated to helping customers enjoy maximum comfort, while reducing energy costs and improving indoor air quality. Give us a call today!