Repair or Replace: How to Know What’s Best for Your Central AC System

central ac units

Having a well-functioning AC system is a
must, especially if you live in Miami where the heat and humidity are
intense. While many are guilty of taking their air-conditioning system for
granted, often not caring whether or not it is in its optimal condition, no one
is to blame but ourselves when it starts wreaking havoc on the indoor comfort
and energy-efficiency of our homes.

If you have ever wondered how you can make
sure you’re taking good care of your AC system, you’ve come to the right place.
In this article, our experts at Direct A/C will list some of the top signs that
your AC unit needs some attention—and how to determine whether you need an air conditioning repair or a
total AC replacement.

Age Does Matter

When it
comes to household appliances that are used quite often, such as an air
conditioner, age plays a significant role in determining whether it is practical
to have it repaired or replaced.

The rule
of thumb is that if your air-conditioning system is over 15 years old and is
starting to act up, it is advisable to have it replaced rather than repaired.
On the other hand, those that are less than a decade old might still have a
chance, so long as you find a reliable AC repair contractor.

Compare Costs

Depending
on the brand and the AC unit you choose to invest in, a new air conditioner
will set you back anywhere between $5,000 and $7,000. That’s just the unit
itself; you’d still need to think about the cost of wiring, ductwork, and air conditioning installation.

In cases
like this, think about whether or not the repair cost is higher than if you do
buy a new air-conditioning system. For this, the wise thing to do is to
multiply the cost of repair to the age of your AC unit. If the answer is higher
than the price of a new AC, then it would be more practical to just buy a new
one.

Energy Consumption

If you
notice that your electricity bills keep rising even when your air-conditioning
system is turned on for the same amount of time as it has always been, then it
might be time to replace your unit. Old air conditioners, especially those that
are more than 15 years old, lack energy-efficiency. What’s more, newer models
now boast energy-saving features; some even feature inverter technology.

With an
inverter-type AC unit, when the desired room temperature is achieved, the
compressor slows down (instead of switching off completely, as in non-inverter
air conditioners). In turn, the unit will consume less power but still maintain
the temperature you set it to.

Efficiency is the Key

As much
as we try to deny it, the truth is that the planet we live in is getting hotter
and hotter, and we need greener solutions that will both save energy and
perform more efficiently. This is especially true if you live in an older home
with older construction materials. Why? Homes back then do not have the
adequate insulation that we enjoy today, which is why your old air conditioner
now may not be what your house actually needs.

If your
air-conditioning unit cannot keep up with the demands and can’t cool down a
room as efficiently as before, then you might need to invest in a newer and
more appropriate unit.

Trusted Repair and Replacement Services Since 1995

At Direct A/C, our professional team of experts
provides top-quality air conditioning services guaranteed to exceed your
expectations. Every project that we take on—be it a repair, replacement,
installation, or maintenance—we’re your best bet for the most superior
installations and repairs at the most affordable prices. We are a proud member
of the ACCA (Air Conditioning Contractors of America) and boast a BBB rating of
A+, and have been the area’s most trusted repair and replacement company since
1995.

We also offer emergency services 24 hours a
day, seven days a week. With our licensed technicians, any air conditioner
problem at hand is sure to be handled with utmost excellence! Give us a call
now to find out more details regarding our AC installation, AC replacement, or air conditioning repair services. Or, fill out our
online form to schedule a free, no-obligation pricing estimate and
consultation.

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