Repair or Replace: What to Do When Your Air Conditioning Unit Stops Working
It’s a tough question, one that many people grapple with: is it time for air conditioner repair Fort Myers, Cape Coral or should you have an air–conditioner replacement Fort Myers, Cape Coral? Sometimes, it’s more beneficial to repair your air-con, while other times it may be more cost-effective to replace it. This article outlines the important factors to consider so you can tackle the big ‘repair or replace’ question with confidence.
Each type of air conditioner has its own set of considerations, but let’s start with some general questions you can ask yourself to make the best decision for your budget, lifestyle, and home.
- What is the age of your air conditioner?
- Has the unit been well-maintained?
- How much will repairs cost?
- Is there a high risk of more repairs?
- What is the availability of replacement parts?
- What is the availability of refrigerant and is the existing refrigerant pipework suitable for the refrigerant used nowadays?
- How long will the air conditioner be down while awaiting repair?
- What are the running costs of your current air conditioning versus a new air conditioner?
- Has your lifestyle changed since you installed or inherited the air conditioning?
- How important is it that you have a fully functioning AC?
- What’s your budget?
- Is a replacement system that meets your needs available quickly?
Air conditioning Fort Myers, air conditioning Cape Coral equipment has an economic life, after which time it’s usually easier and more cost-effective to replace your system. Most air conditioner manufacturers don’t carry parts for units that are more than seven years old, so a generic replacement part needs to be found to fit the system. If your system is over 10 years old, the chances of finding appropriate parts are significantly reduced and it will probably be costing you money due to energy inefficiency.
There are typically no advanced warning signs when an air conditioner stops working, so it makes the decision to repair or replace it harder. Newer and better- quality air conditioning brands are more likely to have a diagnostic system with a fault code showing on the controller when the unit isn’t working properly.
Properly maintaining your air conditioner ensures that it remains energy efficient, is cheaper to run, and lasts as long as possible. Units that are not cleaned regularly won’t perform at their best – we recommend cleaning filters on reverse cycle air conditioners every three months (more frequently in high usage situations). Evaporative air conditioners should be serviced annually.
An efficient air conditioner will save you money over time since it won’t require as much electricity to cool or heat your home or business. When replacing your reverse cycle air conditioning, look at its energy efficiency rating. The higher the number, the more efficient it is and the less it will cost you over time compared to other models.
If you choose to repair or replace your reverse cycle air conditioner, hire a technician from Caloosa Cooling to do it properly. The technician will also be able to tell you what condition your unit is in and the likelihood of it needing more repairs in the near future. It’s worth having a chat with Caloosa Cooling so you can determine whether it will cost you less to replace your unit.
Since there are so many different circumstances and factors to consider, there is no simple answer to the repair or replace question. Thankfully, using the above considerations will help steer you in the right direction so you can save money while staying cool in the summer!
We understand that it’s a hard decision to make, so we offer air conditioning repair in Fort Myers and services in addition to the supply and installation of new air conditioners. If you are in Cape Coral and Fort Myers and are in need of advice, feel free to give Caloosa Cooling a call at 239-226-0202. Our team is always happy to help.