Air conditioning systems generally have a lifespan of about 8 to 10 years, but age doesn’t necessitate replacement. If your unit still works efficiently without any major problems, it’s more cost-effective to repair than replace. However, you must know when is the right time to repair and when is the right time to replace.
Your Air Conditioner Needs R-22
Freon or R-22 is coolant or refrigerant that every A/C unit needs to run properly. If your unit needs additional R-22, you probably have a coolant leak. Units with coolant leaks should be replaced, as the leak will eventually damage the compressor. Compressors cost as much as $2,000 to replace. Replacing the compressor, fixing the coolant leak and adding refrigerant will almost equal the cost of buying a new low-end air conditioning system. Not to mention, R-22 prices have risen due to a gradual phaseout planned by the EPA, which will replace R-22 with an eco-friendlier option.
Your System is Old and in Need of Repair
Like I said, the age of your A/C can be a major factor in determining whether you need an air conditioner repair or a total replacement. To determine if a replacement is your best option, simply multiply your repair cost by the age of your equipment. If that amount exceeds $5,000, replace it. However, if you’re unsure if it’s smarter to invest in a new air conditioning system or repair, ask one of the experts here, at Gibbon Heating and Air Conditioning. We have the knowledge and experience to give you an honest answer for what is best in your unique situation.
Your A/C Isn’t Energy Efficient
For units that are at least 15 years old, air conditioner repair is not an option. Air conditioners that old aren’t energy efficient and should be replaced. An old A/C will work harder to cool your home, which wastes energy, puts strain on A/C equipment and significantly increases energy bills. In the long run, it will be much cheaper to replace an old system than to have a new one installed. If your energy bills are rising and your A/C requires frequent repair, consider calling a service like Gibbon Heating and Air conditioning for a new air conditioning installation.
Whether you’re ready for a repair, require an installation or are unsure about what it is that you need for your home’s cooling system, give us a call!