How many of you have been caught out by what is referred to as “throwing good money after bad”? When a repair is always going to cost less that a replacement where appliances are concerned, it is difficult to look at the longer-term picture and realize that there comes a point when repairs become too frequent and replacing one part in an appliance doesn’t mean that another part won’t fail next week.
So, when should you begin to think about replacing your air conditioning or AC unit?
The first thing to do is check when it was first installed and also look to see how regularly it has been maintained if it was not installed from new for you by an engineer. Thanks to the internet it is easy to find out what the life expectancy of individual air conditioning units is, so if yours is nearing that age, or has gone passed it, then you have to weigh up whether or not it is worth paying for any repairs or if you should invest in a new unit.
You also need to look at how well it is working. Is it still cooling your home as well as it did a couple of years ago? Has there been a noticeable spike in your fuel bill over the period of time when you usually have your air conditioning unit operating? If you are going to have air conditioning in your home, it costs money to run the unit, and it costs a lot more money to run it when it is not operating efficiently. More to the point, does it really make any sense to pay extra to run an air conditioning unit that doesn’t keep your home at a comfortably cool temperature?
Here at A&E Air Conditioning and Heating in Bulverde, TX, our advice to all our customers is to do a budget. Give us a call and we can help you work out the cost of a new air conditioning unit, perhaps discuss a payment scheme, calculate what the running costs of your new unit will be in order for you to see how that will compare against your old unit. We won’t give you the hard sell, all we will do is help you decide if you can afford to replace your old air conditioning unit, or if you can’t afford not to.