When your air conditioner isn’t working properly, your first instinct will be to call someone to repair it. However, in some cases, it may be better to replace the unit altogether than to spend money on repairs.
Common Air Conditioner Problems
Air conditioners can malfunction in several different ways. Perhaps the most common problem occurs when the air conditioner stops cooling the home effectively or stops running altogether.
When this happens, it’s important to call a professional to find the cause of the problem. You may also need to call a professional if the air conditioner stops cooling the home evenly or if it turns off and on repeatedly.
In many cases, the air conditioner will start to show signs of an issue before the problem becomes serious enough to dramatically affect the temperature in your home.
Although the unit may still be cooling your home adequately at this time, it’s best to contact a professional as soon as you notice a change in the way your air conditioner is functioning.
Otherwise, you may be forced to deal with uncomfortable temperatures in your home while waiting for the next available appointment.
Air Conditioner Broken – Repair or Replace?
To determine whether you should repair or replace your air conditioner, follow the tips below:
- Consider the age of the air conditioner unit.
If your air conditioner is more than eight to 10 years old, repairing it may not be worth the cost. In these cases, you will most likely have to replace the air conditioner in the near future anyway, so it may be better to go ahead and buy a new unit now. However, if the repair is minor and inexpensive, you may consider keeping your current air conditioner for a few more years.
- Consider the cost of the repair.
If the cost of the needed repairs is high, it may be better to spring for a new unit. However, if the work your air conditioner needs don’t cost much and are likely to give it a significantly longer life, or if your unit is relatively new, repair may be the best option.
- Evaluate the efficiency of your current air conditioner.
The efficiency of your air conditioner affects your energy bills dramatically. If your current air conditioner has low efficiency and needs an expensive repair, it may be better to purchase a new, more efficient unit. Even though purchasing a new air conditioner may cost more than repairing your old one, the higher efficiency will lower your energy bills, and the air conditioner will pay for itself over time.
- Ask the HVAC technician.
If your air conditioner isn’t working properly, you will need to contact an HVAC technician to evaluate the unit and find the problem. If you aren’t sure whether you should repair or replace your air conditioner, ask your HVAC technician what he or she would recommend. A reputable HVAC technician will be able to explain the pros and cons of repairing or replacing the unit so you can make an informed decision.
We are proud to be the recognized (ACCA) air conditioner repair company in the Akron Ohio area and surrounding communities.
Give us a call at 330-923-1333 with your air conditioner repair or replacement questions and we will provide you with an honest solution.