Is your air conditioner having trouble? Are you on the fence on whether you need to repair or replace it? This late in the season, some people are reluctant to replace their old air conditioners often opting to repair them or just live without one for the next month or so, but that is not always the best option. There are a couple of tips that can help you decide which way to go and we are going to tell them to you:
Mathematicians are not the only ones that use numbers to help them make the best decisions. Take the amount of your repair quote and multiply times the age of your unit. So, if the amount comes out to be more than $5,000, you should replace the unit. If the amount is less, go on and have the repair. For example, if your unit is 8 years old and the repair cost is $350, you would go on and do the repair because $350 X 8 = $2,800. This is a good rule if you are rarely making repairs. If you have to make repairs fairly regularly then you should probably go ahead and replace the unit.
R-22 refrigerant is commonly known as Freon. If your unit requires additional Freon to continue running, that is a sign that there is a coolant leak. Adding more refrigerant and repairing the leak can get costly – ranging from the a couple of hundred dollars on up to the thousands and the really bad thing is that once you get a leak your compressor is likely to go out. Compressors are quite pricey so all in all you come out better replacing the unit, especially if it is an older one.
Having energy efficient appliances and equipment is a big deal these days because not only is it good for the environment long term, it is good for your wallet in the short term. Because there have been so many recent advances that have improved energy efficiency in air conditioning, Energy Star recommends replacing your unit every 10 years. Most technicians say you can wait until around year 15 to replace it if it last that long and you are not having problems.
Spending a large amount of money is never an easy decision. In fact, it can be quite painful sometimes, but if it works out to be better for your home and your bottom line in the long run it is worth it. If you’re A/C is not running like it should, call Carmine’s at 203-791-8089 to schedule a consultation.