Understanding when it makes the most sense to replace your air conditioner can save you on major repair expenses in the long run.
There are times when it makes sense to repair your air conditioning unit and others when repairs are a waste of money in the long run. Of course, no one wants to buy a new air conditioning unit. However, continuing to repair a damaged unit will usually only lead to more repairs, which doesn’t make much sense financially. Sometimes you have to bite the bullet and spend money up front so that you don’t end up doubling your expenses later. The signs are there to tell you when you are wasting your time and money on repairs. Do you know how to spot them?
1. The Air Conditioner Is over Ten Years Old
If your unit is more than ten years old, then it is may not be the best idea to pay for a costly repair. The newer models are not only more energy efficient, but your older model may be on its last leg. If you continue to repair an air conditioner that is more than a decade old, you may be putting a costly band-aid on a big problem.
If you have done major renovations to your home but have not upgraded your air conditioner, it is going to be working much harder than it should be to cool your home. This may not only lead to higher cooling costs throughout the summer, but will make you put too much demand on the unit, thereby increasing the likelihood of an emergency repair call. If it is too small, it is likely time to replace.
3. The Cost Is Too High
If you have an air conditioner that has broken down and the cost of repair is astronomical, it may be time to consider buying a new unit. If the bill is going to be more than half the cost to upgrade, then it usually doesn’t make sense to throw that kind of money into repairs on an old unit when you can get an upgrade for just a little more.
4. It Keeps Breaking Down
If you are constantly calling a technician to repair your unit, there is something wrong either with the size, the manufacturer or the unit itself. In any case, continuing to pay for repair after repair isn’t doing anything but keeping you stuck with a broken unit and emptying your wallet.