It’s the big question with all major possessions: at what point does it make more sense to replace it than repair it yet again? Every day, consumers face this dilemma with their automobiles, computers and yes, their Marietta central air conditioners.
Unfortunately, there is no hard and fast answer to the question. It all depends on the situation at hand. But in this brief guide, we will outline some general guidelines for replacing an air conditioner, rather than repairing it again. Hopefully that will help you make a decision when the time comes.
When to Replace
Generally speaking, you should seriously consider replacing your central AC when one of these conditions arises:
- Repair bills are too frequent
If you are having to call a repairman out once a month to fix some issue with the AC, that’s too much and it is time to get a new one. Gather all your past repair invoices together. Look at how frequent they are and how much they cost. That will help you analyze whether a new system is worth it.
- Energy bills are too high
A struggling AC will be less energy efficient, resulting in rising energy costs. Again, gather up your past electric bills. Are they steadily going up? Are you paying more on average per month than you were a year ago? May be time for a new AC.
- AC is not performing well, even with maintenance and repair
If you notice that even after being fixed, and with usual maintenance, that your central AC is just not working as well as it used to, then it may be on its way out.
- House is too humid
Air conditioners are supposed to remove humidity, so if yours is not, that is a problem. It could be a sign that the system was the wrong size to begin with, and the only real way to fix that is to replace it with one of the correct capacity.
- Some rooms are too hot, while others are too cool
Uneven cooling usually means an air conditioner is on its last legs.
Other than these situations, you are generally better off making the necessary repairs. Each situation is different, though, so consult with a Marietta air conditioning professional like Cool Air Mechanical on the particulars of your system before making a decision.