It’s not easy to know when it’s better to replace your aging air conditioner or keep repairing it. Sometimes, getting a new unit makes more financial sense. Let our expert technicians evaluate your air conditioner and help you decide if it’s worth investing more money to keep it running or install a new unit.
If your AC acts up during the holiday, on the weekend, or in the middle of the night, don’t fret because we offer 24-hour AC emergency service.
How to Maintain Your Air Conditioner
The best way to ensure your AC doesn’t break down when you’re counting on it is to keep it well-maintained. Here are some DIY simple tips to help you do just that.
- Change the air filter every month.
- Remove debris from the condenser/compressor cage.
- Clean the fins and straighten any that are bent.
- Make sure your outside unit is level.
- Clean the evaporator coil.
- Check for clogs in the evaporator drain.
- Call an AC service company for annual maintenance.
When to Get a New Air Conditioner
It’s not uncommon to wonder when it’s time to get a new air conditioner. And to be fair, most people would rather spend the money repairing their old unit than shelling out for a new one. However, according to Energy Star, the average air conditioner should be replaced every 10-12 years. While you can extend the life to 15 if you’re lucky, the fact that the unit sits outside subjected to weather means it’s going to wear out more quickly than a furnace. If you’re not sure whether it’s time to replace your AC or not, call our expert technicians for an inspection and consultation.
Don’t forget; we offer heater repairs too!
Is It Better to Replace or Repair Your AC?
As mentioned above, putting in a new air conditioner is expensive when you factor in the cost of the unit and the labor for air conditioner installation. However, sometimes it makes more financial sense to take the plunge and buy a new unit, and here’s when:
- When your current unit is over 15 years old.
- When it’s getting tougher to find parts for your AC.
- When your energy bills are rising because your system is inefficient.
- When the cost of the repair is more than half the cost of a new one.