Repair or Replace Your Air Conditioner
Are you having problems with your air conditioner and aren't sure whether you should keep repairing the unit or go ahead with a replacement? This is a pretty common question for homeowners here in our area of California, so our Los Angeles air conditioning company is happy to provide you with some advice.
Here are a few things to consider when trying to decide whether to repair or replace your air conditioner.
How Old Is Your Air Conditioner?
The age of your cooling equipment plays a big role in deciding whether to repair or replace your air conditioner. Always consider the age of the system before you make a choice to keep on repairing it. Repairs can get very expensive as the major components of your unit start failing. Compare the cost of continuing with repairs to the cost of an air conditioning replacements to make your decision.
When properly maintained, a central air conditioning system lasts around 20-30 years. If the repair is going to cost more than 50% of a replacement system, you're better off installing a new unit.
If you've been told to replace the unit but feel it could still be cost-effective to repair it, you can get a second opinion from our technicians at HVAC Specialist Heating & Air Conditioning anytime.
Unfortunately, not every air conditioning company will give you an honest answer about repairs if they don't have the skill to do them. We're happy to help you with a second opinion on repairing vs. replacing your air conditioner and will always give you honest advice.
Energy Bills Keep Rising
High energy bills don't always mean it's time to replace your air conditioner. Sometimes it's a ductwork leak or lack of maintenance that can cause the inefficiency of your equipment. If the bills keep rising, you definitely need a professional to troubleshoot the system for possible A/C repairs and also give it some maintenance before you go ahead with a replacement air conditioner.
It May Be A Simple Thermostat Problem
If you have a malfunctioning thermostat, it could be preventing your HVAC system from working right. Older thermostats that rely on a mercury-bulb with a wire anticipator are outdated and will often malfunction because they don't read the temperature in the air accurately.
Your HVAC system depends on the thermostat to function properly. We suggest getting your thermostat tested and repaired or replaced before you think about replacing your air conditioner. Hopefully, all you need is to repair or upgrade the thermostat.
Loud Noises Coming From Your Air Conditioner
Very often, an air conditioner will give warning signs in the form of loud noises when it's finally ready to fail for good.
Make a good visual inspection of all parts of your air conditioning system and try to identify where the noise is coming from. Loud clicking noises and buzzing sounds are a clear indicator that something's wrong and your air conditioner may be ready for a replacement.
You'll need someone to troubleshoot the loud noises coming from your air conditioner so you have the information you need about whether to repair or replace it. If you're in the Los Angeles area, give us a call!