When Should you Repair or Replace the Air Conditioning Unit?
When Should You Repair or Replace Your Air Conditioning Unit?
Is it time to repair or replace your home's air conditioner? It's a big decision to make and one with many factors playing a role in the ultimate decision. Before you make that move, though, it is important to determine what your current system is doing and whether replacing it now will make the most sense for the long term.
Factors to Consider
These factors play a role in your decision to repair or replace an air conditioning unit. Your technician can help you to make better decisions, too.
How old is the unit?
Today's efficient models of air conditioners can last for years. Window units typically last several years while whole-home systems can last 15 to 20 years with some spanning over 25. To make sure it lasts a long time, take care of your unit:
Change the filter every three months.
The unit's run time – how much and hard is it running?
Properly sized unit for the home
How often you maintain your unity and how you use the system
The conditions outside – like extreme heat cause the unit to overheat, setting your thermostat to 78 helps the unit.
Choose the right unit and maintain it to see the best age expectancy.
Some states, including California offers a rebate or incentive program. If these are available they can reduce your costs. LADWP offers a variety of rebates for some units. Look for ENERGY STAR models. For central air or HVAC, look for 15 and 16 SEER units. These will offer the best rebates.
What's your utility bill like?
Are you utility bills higher because of non-energy efficient units? If so, it's time to make a change. To get the best result, look at the SEER rating. The higher this rating is, the higher the efficiency it can offer, and therefore the more it saves you.
There's much to consider when replacing an air conditioner. Repairs are generally only going to offer a short term solution in some cases, making it better to replace.
Call Relaxed Heating and Air at (818) 322-0925 to schedule and appointment today!
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Canoga Park, CA 91304
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