Trying to decide whether you should repair your older air conditioner or get a new air conditioner? In this blog post, we’ll work through five signs that it’s time to have King install a new unit.
Keeping your air conditioner in working order
Air conditioners must be kept in good condition so that they can properly cool the rooms when the temperatures start to rise. Proper maintenance of your air conditioner will ensure that it lives a longer, more energy-efficient life.
That being said, sometimes air conditioners get to the point when they need to be replaced.
Determining when to replace your air conditioner is not an exact science. There are no set rules that can tell you when it’s time to replace the air conditioning unit. Having said that, here are five tell-tale signs that indicate that you need to call King for a free in-home AC installation estimate.
1. Consider the age of the air conditioner
The fact is that older air conditioners are less efficient than newer, current models. According to Energy Star, you should consider replacing your air conditioner if it is more than 10 years old, and you should seriously consider replacing the air conditioner if it’s more than 15 years old—as this is the average lifespan of most cooling devices.
2. Apply the $5,000 rule
Some experts recommend using the $5,000 rule to consider whether you should replace the unit. Just multiply the age of the cooling device with the repair cost. If the amount is more than $5,000, you should consider replacing the unit. Otherwise, it’s better to repair the unit.
For instance, if your air conditioner is 8 years old and the repair cost comes to around $400, that equals $3,200. You should have King repair the air conditioner. However, if the repair costs $700 for the same air conditioner, it equals $5,600 and so you should consider having King replace the air conditioner with a new one.
3. Think about the frequency of repairs
Consider whether the air conditioner requires frequent repairs. If the answer is “yes,” you should consider replacing the air conditioner. Otherwise, it’s best to repair the equipment.
You should particularly consider replacing the system if the repair costs are more than 50 percent of the price of a new air conditioner. Consult with the air conditioning technicians at King to find out how much repairs will cost, as well as the cost of the a system. From there, you can make an appropriate decision.
4. Replace an air conditioner that requires R-22
Older air conditioners generally require R-22 refrigerant, which is known to cause great damage to the environment. If your air conditioner uses this refrigerant, you should consider replacing it with a new one.
Another reason for replacing the air conditioner with a one that doesn’t use R-22 is that the price of this refrigerant has increased considerably. In addition, the production of the refrigerant is slated to end in 2020. So, it’s best to take action early and replace the air conditioner.
5. Consider the energy efficiency of the air conditioner (and the energy savings of a new air conditioner)
A new air conditioner is highly energy efficient, resulting in lower energy bills. Also, many states offer tax credits to the homeowners that purchase highly energy-efficient systems. So, you should consider replacing the unit if it will save you money in the form of lower bills and tax incentives.
Call King for a free in-home quote on a new air conditioner
If you want to gauge the condition of your existing air conditioner, schedule an inspection with our professional technicians today! We also offer free in-home estimates if you’re shopping for a new air conditioner.