24 Jul To Repair or To Replace That is the Question
To Repair or To Replace That is the Question
We’re in the middle of summer and in Garner, NC that means it’s that your A/C is constantly running. If you turn on your air conditioner expecting cool relief to come pouring out of the vents and instead are met with warm air, odd noises, or nothing at all, you have a decision to make: to repair or to replace? While there’s no hard-and-fast rule on whether you should repair or replace your home’s cooling system, there are some important considerations to keep in mind as you make your decision.
Age: This is the big one. The age of the cooling unit plays a critical factor in the decision to repair or replace, air conditioners last an average of 10 to 12 years. After that your repair bills begin to get exponentially more expensive as part after part begins to fail.
Repair Costs: You shouldn’t have to pay to have repairs performed on your air conditioner on a regular basis. As a good rule of thumb, Consumer Reports recommends replacing a product when repairs exceed 50% of the cost of a new one.
Technology Advancements: Technology continues to advance and change all the time. This is as true for your cooling system as it is for your phone. As the years have passed there have been many advancements in air conditioners that have improved their efficiency and lowered the utility bills of homeowners. Energy Star recommends upgrading to an energy-efficient unit if your current central air conditioner is 10 or more years old.
R-22: R-22, also known as Freon, costs as little as $40 to more than $175 per pound. The reason for these prices is that the EPA is phasing out R22 completely and implementing a new refrigerant, R-410A. Manufacturers stopped making units “charged” with R-22 in 2010 and production of R-22 will end completely in 2020. If you have an old R-22 unit running today you may consider switching over to R-410A in the near future.
If you’re not sure whether to repair or replace your A/C, give Biggs HVAC a call at 919-329-8288 and we’ll send out an expert to inspect your air conditioner and go over your options to help make sure you have a cool and comfortable home all summer long. Whether you choose to have us repair the unit or if you opt to replace it entirely, our experienced technicians will get the job done right. Visit us online at Biggs HVAC to learn more!