Even the most durable and well-designed air conditioners need to be replaced eventually. However, you don’t want to replace your unit prematurely. There’s a definite balance to strike between having repairs performed and finally upgrading to a new unit. It’s easier to make the correct decision when you consider a few key points. It also helps to seek the advice of an experienced HVAC contractor. A reputable contractor will help you weigh the pros and cons of repairing or replacing your air conditioner and can assist you with whatever you decide to do.
Reasons to Repair an Air Conditioner
Most air conditioners are built to last. With the right maintenance, they often do. If any of the following points are true, it is probably more practical to repair your air conditioner than to replace it:
- The Repair is Cheap and Effective – You shouldn’t have to think twice about repairing your air conditioner if the work is minimal and the bill is low. As long as your air conditioner works properly again, this is a smart move.
- Replacing the Unit would be Prohibitively Expensive – Get a quote for the cost of the repair. If it’s 50 percent or less of the cost of having a new unit installed, have the repair performed instead.
- Your Air Conditioner is Still Under Warranty – If your unit is less than five years old, there’s a good chance that the work will be covered under warranty.
Reasons to Replace an Air Conditioner
While deciding whether to repair or replace your A/C, you should keep your mind open to upgrading to a new unit. A few reasons to do so include:
- You’ll Save a Lot with a More Efficient Model – Today’s air conditioners are more efficient than ever. The return on your initial investment should be considerable over time.
- The Repair Bill is Too High – If repairing your unit will cost 50 percent or more of the cost of replacing it, go ahead and replace it.
- Your Current Unit isn’t Reliable – You shouldn’t have to pay to have repairs performed on your air conditioner on a regular basis. Similarly, you should be completely satisfied with the job your air conditioner does. If not, replacing it may be the way to go.
Staying Cool in Garden City GA
At Byrd Heating and Air Conditioning, we know how confusing it can be to decide whether to repair or replace your A/C. We never try to rush our customers through the process. Instead, we will sit down with you to explore all of the available options. Whether you choose to have us repair the unit or if you opt to replace it entirely, our experienced, NATE-certified technicians will get the job done right.