First of all, you need to think about the age of your unit. An average, well maintained system lasts for up to 15 years and many will require expensive repairs at the end of their lifespan. Even if you have a newer air conditioner which has been repaired, multiply its age by the entire repair costs and if that number exceeds 5000, it is a clear sign that you should replace it. It is a rule used by many AC professionals when deciding on AC replacements.
If your energy bills have been much higher during summer months, it might happen that something is wrong with your AC. Damaged units need to work twice as hard to cool your rooms properly. If air conditioning repair is too costly, it is definitely time to invest in a new air conditioning installation. Also, air conditioners today have much higher seasonal energy efficiency ratios than the ones produced in the 90’s and 2000’s. By upgrading your unit, you can expect to save up to 20% on your next energy bill.
To be able to run, some older air conditioners need R-22 refrigerant, also known as Freon. Freon’s cost has increased significantly in recent years and if you have one of these units, in case of coolant leaks, you will need to spend a good deal of money on it. And, as this is an issue which is not easily repaired, you will need to call for professional help. The cost of professional AC repair together with the cost of additional refrigerant can amount to almost the same cost of a new air con unit.
In addition, a refrigerant leak can be the first in a chain of reaction of failures of other components, eventually ending up with the failure of the compressor. Fixing it is one of the most costly repairs, so save yourself the trouble and install a new unit on time.
All these factors can be clear signs that your air conditioner needs to be replaced. Having an old or inefficient unit means throwing your money down the drain together with having an uncomfortable home or work environment. Upgrade your unit and have peace of mind for years to come.