Do I Need A New Air Conditioner?
As you depend more on your AC unit to keep your Duncan and Chickasha home cool and comfortable this summer, you may notice it isn’t running the way it used to. Depending on your AC unit’s symptoms, a simple repair may solve the problem. But it also may be just as efficient to replace your outdated cooling system for a new model. So are you asking yourself “Do I need a new air conditioner?”
So is it time to repair, or replace?
Take a look at which side of these symptoms your home AC unit falls on.
Take a look at it’s influential factors:
Is your system less than 10 years old? Repairs can usually restore efficiency.
Is your system more than 10 years old? It’s probably using outdated and toxic refrigerants and is much less efficient, so it’s time for a replacement.
If the damage to your unit is only minor (electrical issues, faulty ductwork and blocked drain lines) it can usually be repaired.
For more serious repairs like damaged motors, compressors, and condenser coils, it’s more cost effective to replace your system.
Are projected repair costs less than 25% of the cost of a new unit? Consider going with the repair.
Are projected repair costs more than 25% of the cost of a new unit. It’s likely time for a new AC system.
If your energy bills are close to the same as previous year (less than a 10% increase), a repair is all you’ll need.
A serious hike in your energy bills (more than 10%) is a good indicator you need to replace your AC system.
If you haven’t had to do many repairs in the past (less than twice over the last ten years), it could probably be fixed with another simple repair.
If you have had to repair your system more than twice in the last ten years, then it’s time to stop the band aid fixes, and update your system.
If your current AC is sized correctly for your home, repairs can help extend its life.
Undersized or oversized AC units should be replaced.