Many homeowners ask "Should I repair or replace my air conditioner unit?" Of course, the answer to this may vary with each situation. However, there are a few general guidelines that can make it easy to determine whether repair or replacement is the best option for you.
How Old is the AC Unit?
If your air conditioning unit was built prior to 1992, the odds are that replacement is the best choice. All AC units made before 1992 have a Seasonal Energy Efficiency Rating (SEER) of 8 or less. Units made between 1992 and 2005 have a rating of 10 to 12, and units made from 2006 to present day have an SEER of 13 or better. The SEER numbers are important because the higher the number, the less amount of energy required to cool the home. A 12 SEER AC unit cools the home twice as efficiently than a 6 SEER unit. This translates into major energy savings.
Is Your Compressor Failing?
If your AC compressor is failing, or has already failed, a replacement is usually best. Think of the compressor as the heart of your AC system. When the system needs a heart transplant, it's extremely costly. Further, having a new heart does not change the fact that the rest of the system is older. Since the compressor is such a major part of the AC, replacing it is better than repairing it in most situations.
Is the Repair Cost Nearly As Much as a Replacement?
If the repair cost will be at least half of the cost of a replacement, it is usually better to go with replacement. For example, if a new AC unit will be $2000 but the repair would be $1200, it's usually best to pay that extra $800 for a brand new unit. However, if the cost is only $300 and the unit would be $2000 new, it probably makes sense to keep the unit you have for a while.
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