Determining whether or not to replace your home central air-conditioning system or repair it can be a difficult choice. There are some things that you can do that can help to ensure you are making the correct decision whether or not to replace it or to have repair work done. We're going to take a look at some of the things you need to consider if you're having trouble with you're A/C system. These simple questions should help you to determine what the right decision will be.
One of the first things you need to ask yourself is whether or not you have had the proper maintenance done on your system. There is lots of evidence that properly maintaining your system can prolong its useful life. It should have maintenance conducted on it semi-annually.
The next thing you need to ask yourself is how old your system is. The average life of this type of unit can run anywhere between 8 and 12 years. If your unit happens to be older than that then it is going to generally cost much more to fix it than it would to just purchase a new system. This is one of the most important aspects to consider if you run into problems with you're A/C unit. Another thing involving the age is whether or not it is still under the manufacturer warranty. Some units come with up to a five year warranty and it will definitely be much cheaper to have repair work done during a breakdown if it still is under warranty.
The last thing that can be helpful, when trying to make a decision, is to determine what the repair costs would be versus the cost to put in a brand-new system. If you are starting to have frequent breakdowns and need repairs done on a regular basis, then it is probably time to put in a brand-new unit. If it is the first time it has broken down, but it is an older system then it may be more beneficial to just have some repairs done to fix it.
I the majority of cases as long as your central A/C system is still under 10 years old then there is a good chance it is going to be more cost-effective to repair it than it is to buy a new unit. You can use this as a general rule to help you determine what is the best decision for your specific situation.