Air Conditioning Replacement vs. AC Repair
Beyond the first obvious reasons for replacing your air conditioner – it’s shot, there are a couple of other reasons why you may wish to consider installing a new cooling system.
The second reason is if your ac system is in need of a major repair. If this is the case, you have to weigh the cost of the repair against the value of applying that money to a new air conditioner. Keep in mind, there’s more to it than what does the repair cost and what does the new system cost. If your air conditioning system is more than several years old, the increase in efficiency with the new model should have a significant impact on your decision. If you opt to repair, you pay the repair cost and continue to pay the energy bills associated with the less efficient unit. If you opt to replace, your up-front cost is higher, but you get the benefit of lower energy bills for the life of the unit. With today’s super-efficient systems, it often makes sense to spend more for a higher efficiency unit (than required by law) and enjoyed the reduced energy costs that will more than pay for the initial premium.
Another reason many people may wish to replace their air conditioning system as opposed to repair is the type of refrigerant. If your unit is R-22 and you are environmentally-minded, you will likely consider the impact of having an environmentally-friendly R-410a system and know you are doing your part to protect the environment. Also, since R-22 is being phased out, it is becoming very expensive. You must not only keep that in mind for the AC repair at hand, but also for any future AC repairs for the system you elected to keep.
And lastly, benefits of a new system should be considered. Pick the right air conditioning system and not only do you have an energy efficient system that will lower your energy bill, but it will also have improved humidity control (very important in Charleston SC), be quieter than you old system and probably have a wifi thermostat with and app that will let you control your comfort system from wherever you are.