Chris Shaffer has a long track record of running successful businesses and before co-founding Elite Heating and Air Conditioning. He earned a Bachelors degree in Business from the UT Arlington, he owned, operated, and grew several businesses in the home building industry.

Air conditioners units or HVAC systems are not built to last forever. Maybe your old AC unit has quit working or you need a new energy-efficient and environmentally-friendly system. According to the National Association of Home Builders, you should consider replacing your AC system every 10-15 years. But figuring out whether you should repair or replace your air conditioner can be a difficult decision. Although a new air conditioner can be a big investment, so can the costs of continuing to repair and operate an old or inefficient AC unit. 

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So, if your wondering if you should repair or replace your AC unit? This answer depends on…

The age of your unit

-Well this is easy, if your air conditioner is over 10-15 years old, then it might be better to replace it. If your system was well-maintained it will last about 15 years. Older A/C units lose efficiency as they age and break down. Newer air conditioning systems are all manufactured to comply with HVAC regulations and are designed to be much more energy-efficient, and far more eco-friendly because they release fewer carbon emissions. Installing a new air conditioning system, you will notice a significant improvement in your home’s indoor air quality. 

Bonus…A newer air conditioning system will also increase the resale value of your home. 

The cost of repairs increasing:

-However, if you’re in need of expensive repairs and your HVAC is more than 10 years old, it will often make more sense to replace it. Other signs costs are increasing is the amount of money you are paying for AC repairs, and the frequency with which you have to have the system repaired. If your utility bills are increasing and there is not a change in the way you are using it, this is a good indication that your system is no longer as efficient as it should be and should be replaced. 

Your AC has frequent breakdowns, noisy, dust:

-Instead of shelling out money for every little repair, it may be more cost effective to simply replace the air conditioner. These repair costs can really add up, and it doesn’t make sense to keep making them on the older units. If you notice a constant presence of excess dust in your home or office, even after cleaning, this is a good sign there may be problems with the ductwork or a leak. Leaks will compromise the efficiency of your AC system. If your AC is noisy, there could be a problem with the size of your unit compared to the size of the home. When strange noises come from unexpected sources, it should often be taken seriously and should be replaced. 

Noticing high energy bills:

-Have you noticed that your energy bills keep rising, but your utility company did not raise the rates. This happens when an air system consumes too much energy, the problem is usually because of failing mechanisms that struggle to perform the same basic functions that they once did effortlessly. They end up consuming more power to cool your home, which raises your monthly utility bill. A new air conditioner unit may end up eliminating the constant repair costs, lowering your utility bills, and increasing the resale value of your home. However, high energy bills could mean, your house or office is poorly insulated and this puts a strain on your HVAC system. 

Bonus….Home buyers are willing to pay more for a home with an updated and more efficient cooling system.

Problems with the AC regulating humidity or keeping all rooms cool:

-Air conditioners are built to cool and dehumidify your home’s inside air. Perhaps, you live in climates where temperatures rise higher than 75 degrees, from March to October. Well, hotter climates face greater demands on the HVAC system. You are liable to run into performance issues sooner. So, if your home feels humid during this time it could point to a faulty A/C, which may need replacing. When it functions, the system will maintain consistent temperatures throughout the house. If your A/C system seems less powerful than it did the previous year, it may be your AC system could be losing its power. Therefore, a sign of an aging air conditioner or even an incorrectly sized AC system in your home or office. 

Recently changed the size of your home, remodeling, or adding a room:

-AC systems are designed according to the interior dimensions of a given house. So, when you change the dimensional requirements of your home or office, you should contact one of our technicians at Elite Heating and Air Conditioning to help you in determining the amount of air the system will need to move to adequately and equally cool each room. Your AC unit will last longer, if you maintain it monthly and do your bi-annual AC maintenance checkup. Preventative maintenance helps to ensure your system works efficiently. So, the best way to avoid costly, expensive, and time-consuming repairs is by scheduling your regular maintenance checks on all residential and commercial heating and air conditioning equipment with Elite Heating and Air Conditioning. 

Ask yourself, if it is worth your while to spend the money on repairs? 

Don’t panic at the prospect of having to come up with a lot of money upfront! We offer financing with convenient monthly payments to fit your budget.

At Elite Heating and Air Conditioning, we will find ways for you to increase energy efficiency and reduce your business or office’s energy bills. We offer a full range of Trane air conditioning products and services, outstanding service and repairs done quickly and efficiently, knowledgeable and skilled replacement advice from our highly trained technicians, and quality new installations for your home or business.

If you have any questions about when to replace your air conditioner, or if you’d like a cooling system serviced or installed in your home, contact Elite Heating and Air Conditioning.

Schedule your repair or get a replacement quote by calling (512) 637-4237 now.