May 7, 2018

How To Tell Whether to Repair or Replace Your AC Unit

How To Tell Whether to Repair or Replace Your AC Unit

With summer approaching, deciding whether to replace or repair your A/C unit is important and time-sensitive. Nobody wants to find themselves stuck in a hot house at the first sign of uncomfortable weather! As HVAC units tend to be rather expensive to replace, it’s prudent to have a professional evaluate your air conditioning system to determine whether it is fixable, or if replacing your central air conditioner is recommended. 

Repair or Replace Your A/C Unit?

Typically, most professionals will tell you that the life of a central air conditioning does not exceed 15 years of use. HVAC systems that approach that age may not be an efficient unit anymore, and could drive up your heating and cooling bill costs. Checking your seasonal energy efficiency ratio is a good indication of whether your air conditioning system is due for a replacement, as is implementing residential zoning. 

The $5,000 Rule

You should always check the potential cost of repairing your AC Unit prior to committing to completely replacing the cooling system to avoid unnecessarily spending hundreds (or possibly thousands!) of dollars. A neat trick to help make this decision is to multiply the age of the HVAC unit by the estimated cost of repair. If that figure exceeds $5,000, you have a good indication that your money would be better spent by replacing the unit entirely. Here are a few examples:

[Estimated Cost of Repair ] X [Approximate Age of HVAC Unit] 

Example #1: [$400 cost of repair] X [6 Years old] = $2,400 -> Repair

Example #2: [$800 cost of repair] X [8 Years old] = $6,400 -> Replace

Example #3: [$600 cost of repair] X [13 Years old] = $7,800 -> Replace

Example #4: [$1300 cost of repair] X [4 Years old] = $5,200 -> Replace

Example #5: [$300 cost of repair] X [10 Years old] = $3,000 -> Repair

If you have any questions, you can always call a friendly representative at Max Mechanical to help you determine whether you need to repair or replace your A/C Unit

Efficiency Matters

Checking the efficiency output of your AC unit is an important step to consider when deciding whether to replace or repair your AC Unit in Dallas. If you are considering replacing your current unit with an energy-saving option, those savings in monthly energy costs (some report up to 20% in savings a month) could offset the often higher-price of purchasing a new unit off the bat. 

Trust the Professionals

As always, you should rely on the opinion of professionals to determine the best course of action – but you should trust companies like Max Mechanical who will provide an honest opinion, and not the one that will put the most money in their pocket. For an honest and quick evaluation, give Max Mechanical a call today!