Repair vs. Replace
It’s a big dilemma: is it time to replace your AC? Or will it last another year? AC replacement is a big investment, so you naturally want to make sure it’s the right choice.
Much of the decision comes down to money. There’s the cost of the system, but the savings in energy from a new unit. There are also the costs of continued repairs if you don’t switch, versus the increasing energy costs. But how can you tell which is the best decision? We put together some questions you can ask to decide if it’s time to replace your AC, or if it can keep going.
Are You Using Freon?
R-22 refrigerant is a chemical that has been used for a long time to cool the air that passes through your AC. But the product is on its way out due to its impact on the environment. In fact, the product officially stopped production and import in 2020.
When your refrigerant leaks out of your system, the unit needs to be fixed and then refilled with coolant. So if your unit uses R-22, whatever is left is going to be really expensive — enough to make you think twice about using it for a repair.
Replacing your unit would remove this problem, as newer units use different products for refrigerants.
Are You Constantly Needing Repairs?
If you’re considering replacing your AC unit, it’s likely because it keeps failing and repairs don’t seem to hold up. Even for the best-maintained units, repairs just won’t be enough at a certain point.
If you’re dealing with minor things like an electrical issue or faulty parts, it’s likely worth it to go with a repair. But if entire portions of the system are failing, like the compressor, it may not be financially feasible to repair. Always consult with your trusted HVAC technician to decide the best course of action.
How Old is Your Unit?
Age is also an important factor in predicting when an air conditioner will fail. Air conditioning units usually last about 10-15 years. This will depend on the unit, how it was used, and what maintenance was performed over the years.
Older units also have many fewer features compared to newer units. These features include improvements for air quality, zoning, varying capacity, and more.
Will it Improve Energy Efficiency?
Newer AC units are much more energy-efficient compared to older models. Every year, the newest model AC units have improvements that would be beneficial to your home. We all want to limit our energy costs as much as possible, so a newer AC will do this much better than an outdated model.
Have Your Needs Changed?
If your home has changed at all since you installed the previous AC unit — whether there are new people living there, or if you’ve added new rooms — you may need a different size system. Having the right size AC for your home is crucial for both cooling performance and energy efficiency.
If the unit is too small to cool your home adequately, it will work overtime to get the job done, costing you more money in energy. On the other hand, if the unit is too large, it may wear out faster and won’t be on long enough to cool your home for long periods of time, or remove humidity.
Your Resource for AC Repairs & Installation
If you’re stuck on whether to replace or repair your air conditioner, trust the professionals at Mid-Florida Heating & Air to help find the right solution. Contact us today at (352) 310-0022 to learn more and talk with one of our experts.