Depending on the age of your home’s AC unit, it could be time to replace it. In some cases, some simple repairs will help it last longer. Even so, at some point, you are far better off getting an entirely new unit, especially if your old unit can no longer be maintained because the parts used to fix it are no longer in production.
How Old Is It?
The first question you must ask yourself is how old the AC unit is. Although each home is different, many different AC units may not be compatible with the setup that your home currently has. So that means it’s time to go. Most of the time, your standard AC unit will last anywhere between 15 and 20 years when it receives the best service possible. The secret to this is timely preventative maintenance. If it gets too dirty, then it won’t work as well. That’s one of the reasons why the filters need to be cleaned out periodically. If it has to work too hard to keep up with the space it is asked to cool or if it is too small, then you need to replace it or upgrade it instead.
All About the Money
The next factor you must consider is how much either project will cost. Although the upfront costs associated with replacing a faulty or defective AC unit will be higher at first, it is worth it in the long run. In some ways, it will end up paying for itself. Consider the total costs of repairs weighed against how much it would cost to simply replace it. Small repairs can be a smart decision, but if too many repairs are needed all at once, then you might as well go ahead and get the whole system replaced.
You will also need to consider if the refrigerant for your AC unit is still being produced. If it needs to use R-22, then it is time to upgrade because that refrigerant is being phased out. Many AC units can’t work without a functional compressor. If that component fails its inspection, then you will probably need a new system installed instead.
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