As the first sunny days of spring start to appear, your HVAC system might not be up to the challenge of keeping you comfortable. Your first thought may turn to finding a great air conditioning repair Mission Viejo professional. Don’t worry–we are more than happy to fix your system! But did you know that sometimes it’s actually more cost-effective to put in a new system, instead of continuing to repair the old one? Here are a few pros and cons to consider.
Is Your System Keeping You Cool When It Is Working?
Some systems don’t work all that well even when they’re technically not broken. If your system runs and moves air but just doesn’t cool your home adequately, it might be time to consider a replacement. On the other hand, if your system does manage the temperature in your home well when it’s in good repair, then fixing your system might be the more cost-effective route.
Can Your HVAC Company Easily Get Parts For Your System?
Most HVAC systems that are less than 10 years old are simple to service and acquire parts for. If, however, you’re working with an air conditioner that’s more than 10 years old, parts get more difficult to find, making repairs both more costly and more lengthy to complete. If your air conditioner is getting to the upper limit of its life (say, it’s 9 years old) and it’s starting to require more and more repairs, you might want to consider replacements. A 2-year-old system, however, should be able to be maintained and repaired for many years to come.
Try This Simple Equation
Are you the type who likes hard numbers? A commonly used rule of thumb involves “the 5,000 rule”. In short, consider the probable yearly cost of repairing your system over the next 10 years. If you spend, for example, $200 per year over the next 10 years repairing your air conditioner, that’s $2000. Since it’s less than $5000 (which is about the minimum cost of a new system), it’s cheaper to repair the system.
Finally, consider the effect of your old system on your health and on the climate. New systems can be significantly more energy-efficient, which can be a relief both to your pocketbook and to the environment. If you’re struggling with heat-related illness, allergies, or simply struggling to afford to cool your home adequately each summer, it might be time to give us a call and let us help you choose the system that can best meet your needs.
When Is It Time To Replace? – www.energystar.gov
Is It Time To Repair Or Replace My Air Conditioner? – www.angieslist.com