Repair or Replace? A Short Guide on When to Replace Your Cooling System
Every summer, when the first hot day hits, we are inevitably flooded with calls from homeowners who turned on their air conditioner, only to find out that the system would not start up. We understand the stress and frustration that comes with this experience. Furthermore, many homeowners in this situation must then also decide whether to repair the broken system or invest in a new system. We wanted to give our clients a short guide so if they are faced with the “Repair or Replace” question, their decision is a little easier.
Air conditioning system repair is usually the less expensive option, however, it is possible for some repairs to cost just as much as an air conditioning system replacement. For older air conditioners, the decision is whether you want to put money into a failing piece of equipment, or invest in a new, more efficient system with a warranty that you don’t have to worry about.
Below are some general rules for when it’s time to replace from EnergyStar.gov:
- Your air conditioner is more than 10 years old
This is the normal life expectancy for heating & air conditioning equipment. After this time, repairs generally don’t make sense when compared to the cost of a new system. In addition, upgrading to a newer, more efficient system can save significant money on your utility bills.
- Your air conditioner needs frequent repairs and energy bills are going up
These are the tell-tale signs that it’s time to invest in a new cooling system that can provide a higher, more stable level of comfort as well as reduced energy bills.
A modern system with a programmable thermostat can keep your energy bills low, while still ensuring you are comfortable while you are home.
- You experience humidity issues or problems with excessive dust
Older equipment and leaky ducts can cause these problems – Meyer & Depew can install new cooling equipment as well as offer solutions for humidity and indoor air quality issues.
Not sure if you need a replacement?
At Meyer & Depew, we offer free, no obligation, in-home consultations. If you aren’t sure if you would benefit from a new cooling system, Click Here or call us at 908-272-2100 to schedule an appointment today.