Should You Repair or Replace Your AC?
Spring is just around the corner, making this the perfect time to get your air conditioning unit serviced. If your unit needs repairs ahead of the summer cooling season, it might make more fiscal sense to replace it instead. Talk to your residential HVAC professional about the pros and cons of repairing or replacing your AC unit.
AC units become elderly at a faster rate than many other HVAC components. In part, this is due to rapidly evolving technology, and changing federal and state regulations. For instance, all AC units manufactured after 2010 are legally prohibited from using hydrochlorofluorocarbon (HCFC)-22 as a refrigerant because this chemical contributes to the breakdown of the ozone layer and, consequently, global climate change.
Your HVAC technician can give you an estimate of the costs to repair or replace your AC unit. For many families, the cost is likely to be the primary decision influencer. Just remember that, even if the upfront cost is higher, replacing your AC unit may save you money in the long run if it’s more than eight years old. These older units can use up to twice the amount of energy to cool your home, compared to newer, more energy-efficient units. It may be worth it to invest in a super-efficient AC unit with a Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER) of 16.
Before making your final decision, ask your HVAC technician to check out your ductwork. Leaky ductwork can drive up your costs and reduce the comfort level of your home. If your ductwork needs some simple upgrades and the AC repair is relatively minor, it may be a smart decision to get the unit repaired and the ductwork upgraded.
When you become a customer at Triple-T Plumbing, Heating & Air, you’ll love the peace of mind that comes from knowing that you’re dealing with honest professionals who will offer you the most appropriate recommendations for your home. Call us today at 801-798-7711, and find out for yourself why our customers become customers for life. We offer all HVAC services, including air conditioning repair and replacement for homeowners near Spanish Fork and St. George, UT.