Q. Should i repair or replace my air conditioner?
A.What to Consider - If your air conditioning or heating system fails occasionally you are faced with a choice, to repair the existing unit by replacing parts or by buying a new air conditioner or heater. Some air conditioning and heating companies push a certain solution based on what is convenient or what method earns them the most money. You should decide whether to repair or replace a unit based on what is in your best interest. To help with this important decision we have gathered this important information for you to consider.
The Three Main Factors - When considering whether to replace your existing unit the three main factors to consider are the life expectancy, efficiency, and current condition of the unit. Each must be considered carefully before you decide whether to repair or replace your air conditioning or heating unit. If any of these factors is a problem area then you should consider replacement and if two or three are problems then replacement is almost always your best bet.
Life Expectancy - Most units last only eight to twelve years, after that point they become expensive to repair and break down often. After this time the parts are sometimes discontinued which causes them to be more expensive if not completely unavailable. If you live in an area near the ocean or with a high salt content the life span of your unit may be even shorter due to corrosion. Consider the age of your equipment when you decide whether to replace or repair your unit. If a unit is eight years old or older it is nearing its life expectancy. You can add at least four years to this number if you have consistently had it professionally maintained during this time.
Current Condition - Consider the current condition of your unit when you decide whether to repair or replace your air conditioning and heating unit. Factors to consider are the quality of the equipment (reputable brand, builders model, etc.) number of breakdowns and how often the unit has been maintained. If your unit hasn't been maintained or is an inferior quality or has frequent breakdowns consider replacement as a serious option. No matter the skill of the installer or service professional there is little that can be done with a unit that is in very poor condition besides restoring the unit which is almost always prohibitively expensive.
Efficiency - If you completely restore an aging unit, which is expensive to do, you will still only have the efficiency that it was rated for when it was manufactured at best. OEven if your central air conditioner is just eight to 10 years old, it could suck up to twice the electricity that even a low-end new one would use. That’s because it operates at or below 10 SEER, or Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio, which is the amount of energy needed to provide a specific cooling output. Until 2006, 10 SEER was standard, but these days, the minimum allowed by federal law is 13 SEER. That translates to 30% less electrical consumption and 30% lower cooling bills than equipment installed just a few years ago. Savings of up to up to 60 percent or more on your electric or gas bill is possible when you replace it with high efficient equipment. In a lot of cases installing a new furnace and or air conditioning system can pay for itself in energy savings within a relatively short time.
Q. Where can i find ac repair technicians?
A. Our website contains a list of all the air conditioner technicians that are located in your surrounding area. Go through profiles and read about the services they offer, and any sale or discount they may have listed. Find the right technician for your air conditioning needs.