Is it Time for a New Air Conditioner?
How to Decide Whether to Repair or Replace
It’s the height of summer here in Brooklyn. How is your air conditioner keeping up? Is your home an oasis from the sweltering temperatures, or are you uncomfortable no matter where you go? You might be wondering if something’s wrong with your AC, and depending on how old it is, you might be thinking that it’s time to switch out for a newer model.
But how can you be sure? Are there signs that can tell you whether repairing or replacing is better? Our service experts at Petri Plumbing & Heating can diagnose your air conditioner’s problem and make recommendations about what to do next, but here are some warning signs that can let you know a replacement is on the horizon.
It’s More Than 10 Years Old
Just like anything else, air conditioners wear out over time. If you have been faithful with yearly maintenance, you might be able to stretch that to 15 years, but if an expensive repair is required and the unit is more than 10 years old, it’s a good idea to seek replacement. The good news is that a newer model will be more energy efficient, so you will likely see lower energy bills.
Your High Energy Bills Are Too High
Are your electric bills higher this summer than they have been before? Your energy consumption for a given month year to year should be fairly level, but if you’ve noticed a spike this year it could be a problem with your air conditioner. As the unit ages, its efficiency will start to decline, especially if you haven’t had regular maintenance, so replacing your A/C might be a wise choice.
It Needs Frequent Repairs
Is your AC breaking all the time? Does it seem like you’re always calling for repairs? It’s probably time to throw in the towel and get a replacement. The money you’re spending on repairing your old air conditioner would be better spent on a new, more reliable and energy-efficient system. If you’re facing a large repair bill, a good rule of thumb is that if the repair would cost more than half the cost of a new system, it’s better to buy a new one.
Your neighborhood HVAC experts at Petri Plumbing & Heating want to make sure you stay cool this summer. If your A/C isn’t keeping up, we can find and fix the problem — and we’ll give you the straight scoop as to whether it’s time to buy a new one. To find out more about our HVAC services, call us at (718) 748-1254 or contact Petri online today.