It’s that time of year again. While the rest of the country is stepping outside after a long winter, Arizona homeowners are getting ready to hibernate at home to avoid the scorching heat. But without a properly working air conditioning system, the temperature at home can be as unbearable as it is outside.
Each year, air conditioning service experts like those at Chas Roberts get asked the question: how do I know if my unit can be repaired or if I have to get a new one?
It makes sense that you need to replace your air conditioning system sooner than someone who lives in Maine. Increased run times and very high heat lead to system wear out and quicker failure. According to HVACopcost.com the yearly cost of operating an air conditioner in our desert climate can be more than three times greater than in moderate climates like Illinois and Michigan.
Here are some tips to help you decide whether it makes sense to repair problems with your unit or replace it with a new system:
When to choose air conditioner repair
- The system has been trouble free thus far and still looks to be mechanically sound.
- If you plan on moving soon. You may not get your investment price from a replacement air conditioner unit when you sell.
When to choose air conditioner replacement
- If your system is reaching the end of its life average life span. If the air conditioning equipment has reached six years old you may be throwing good money after bad with repairs. The average life span of air conditioning systems is six to 12 years.
- If the system is older than 10 years. Major improvements in efficiency of newer units could save you BIG money. Energy efficient, modern equipment can save you up to 20% on cooling costs.
- If your system doesn’t have variable air flow. Variable air flow is the key to comfort. New systems keep the air moving, adding to comfort and helping save money.
- If you are concerned about a break down. When an old system fails under the intense summer heat, a replacement air conditioner could possibly take longer to be replaced.
- Replace before the summer crunch hits. Don’t pay higher summer prices. Many small air conditioning contractors prey on homeowners who must replace in summer when reputable companies get busy.
- If family members have allergies, asthma or other air quality health concerns. Indoor air quality can be improved throughout the whole house with the installation of an air conditioning unit that is the correct size with proper duct sealing.
- Replace your air conditioner before federal tax credits expire and manufacturers’ and utility companies’ rebates run out. Tax credits are available for units replaced in 2011 and energy company and manufacturer rebates can be discontinued at any time.
- If you’re not comfortable. Today’s modern air conditioning comfort systems can virtually eliminate hot and cold areas, high and low humidity, bad air quality, high utility bills, noisy indoor and outdoor equipment, and much more.
No matter what you decide – air conditioner repair or air conditioner replacement – it’s important to contact a professional contractor like Chas Roberts. Schedule an appointment online today or call (602) 328-5066 in the Phoenix area or (520) 618-1884 in Tucson.