If proper routine maintenance is performed, you can get up to a decade of use out of your AC unit. Some people are fortunate enough to live in the same home for many years and their children and children’s children also live in the home. Many people go through a couple of units over the years in the same house. When you notice that your air conditioner is not functioning optimally it may be best to start the search for a new one.
Unfortunately, air conditioners tend to malfunction right at the peak of the summer season. Many families want to have a comfortable space and so end up making hasty decisions to replace their unit. An AC replacement professional can come in before the summer months start and walk you through your options and help you avoid being in this situation. Plus, they can do an assessment of your home and check compatibility of the replacement unit to make sure it is just right for your home.
If you suddenly found one day that your AC unit is not working, all you have to do is make a call to the AC service professionals to have it running again. Keep reading below to learn more about replacing a malfunctioning air conditioner.
AC Repair vs AC Replacement
If your unit isn’t ten years old but isn’t working right either, chances are you may want to try to do a few repairs first before replacing your unit. While some repairs seem cheaper as of now, it may end up costing more in the long term. When is the right time to replace, and when is a repair sufficient? We’ve put together some suggestions below to help you decide on the best course of action for your home.
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Unit is nearing the ten year mark
If the air conditioning unit that you are using is already ten years old it may be high time that you start your search for its replacement. The many repairs that you would have to do to an old AC unit will cost you more than getting a new one.
Unit sustained minor damage to an internal part
Many parts are replaceable, which can avoid the need to replace the entire unit. Depending on the age of your unit and the issue, it might be something you can repair affordably and squeeze a few more years out of your unit before you need to replace it.
Unit is leaking refrigerant
Fluid leaking from your air conditioning unit is a sure sign of trouble. Unfortunately, the reality is that the replacement costs are extremely high. In some instances, it may be worth purchasing a brand new unit as opposed to fixing the older unit. The pros and cons should be weighed up, and then a decision should be made. Sometimes a new unit is better.
Unit needs a new compressor
Having a technician replace a broken compressor constitutes a major repair. The truth is that if your air-con unit is old and on its way out, it could be financially beneficial for you to consider buying a brand new unit. Although the age of the unit and the expenses should all be properly investigated and taken into account when making your decision.
Recently added more space to your home
It may be time to upgrade your AC unit to fit the needs of your newly expanded home. You need to have a proper device depending on the size of your home because using a smaller unit than needed could cause it to break down. A professional can take measurements of your home and determine what AC replacement unit would be most ideal for your newly added space.
Unit not cooling the house to your preferences
While the problems with the temperature inside may be traced to the unit itself, some problems are caused by the vents, duct work, and insulation. Before running out to buy a new unit, it would be wise to have a professional check it out and see whether it’s really the source of the problem.
What types of AC units are available today?
It may be a larger decision to replace an AC unit than you thought. Because of the continuing developments in air conditioning technology, there are more choices for homeowners now. An AC professional can inform you of your options when it comes to a new AC unit.
A split system is the most common type of AC unit, where a unit containing the condenser coil is positioned outside and an indoor HVAC unit with an evaporator coil is inside. Typically, homeowners that already have established duct work choose this type of unit and there are plenty of energy efficient models available. In mild climates, heat pumps are popular, and there are geothermal heat pumps for use in colder parts of the country.
Homes that do not have duct work can choose a mini-split system that does not require duct work to run. Such a system is helpful in lowering the cost if there are some areas that don’t need to have cool air. But if this system is being used for the entire home then this will cost higher than an HVAC unit.
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