With summer approaching, now is a good time to check your air conditioner to ensure it is ready to cool you off during the extra hot months! If problems arise, you will have to make a decision to repair or replace your air conditioner. We highly recommend confirming your air conditioner is in tip-top condition, so you can enjoy the comfort of your home during those hot Utah and Nevada summers.

How to Know Your AC Isn’t Working

There might still be hope for your AC unit or it might be time to say goodbye. There are a few signs to look for when deciding if you should repair or replace your AC. A few things to consider are the cost of repairs, how old the unit is, and how well it currently is performing, that way you will feel better prepared for the summer. Here are a few things to look out for when deciding if you should replace your AC:

  • Any sign of excessive noises such as grinding or squealing
  • If it is not running properly and has a tendency to consistently break down
  • A noticeable increase in energy bills
  • More dust due to poor AC ventilation
  • Moldy odors coming from the unit
  • Hot air coming out instead of cold air
  • Water leaks

Replace or Repair?

When it comes to replacing or repairing an AC unit, it’s better to make a decision sooner than later, so you don’t find yourself in a situation where you have to all of a sudden replace it when it breaks down on a scorching summer day. Luckily, air conditioners show signs that they are about to break down before they actually call it quits. There are a few questions to ask yourself that can help you to finalize your decision in replacing or repairing your AC unit. 

How Old is Your AC Unit?

AC units are expected to last a long time if properly maintained and taken care of just like any other household product. If your unit has been around for 15-20 years, you might want to consider buying a new one, rather than replacing it. The life span of your air conditioner is one of the most important determining factors in deciding whether or not it’s time to say goodbye to your AC. Many issues result from a lack of consistency in maintenance. It’s important to get it checked by a local HVAC technician yearly so it can live up to its entire lifespan. Technicians also have the skills to notice any issues before they become worse and result in permanent damage.

Is the Cost Worth the Replacement?

If you are constantly having to call in a HVAC specialist for repairs, this can add up and you might as well replace your AC. A general rule of thumb is to use the “5,000 rule” when deciding if the cost is really worth it. Professionals recommend multiplying the repair cost by the age of your AC. When the cost is over $5,000, it’s more practical to replace it than it is to repair it. Before finalizing your decision, it would be best to look into your warranty’s expiration date first to make sure it is not past the due date before replacing it. 

Are Energy Bills Higher than Ever?

One of the best ways to know if your AC is not working properly is If all of sudden your energy bill is through the roof. Purchasing a more effective AC could be worth the investment in preventing energy bills from adding up. 

Are you Planning to Move?

Investing in a new AC might not be the best option for someone who is deciding to move soon, unless major issues are occurring more frequently before your moving date. A brand new unit can increase the value of your home when selling. A poorly maintained unit can result in a possible reduction on the price of your home. 

Time to Call in an HVAC Professional

Whether you are feeling more inspired to keep up with maintaining your AC unit or determined it’s probably best to replace your air conditioner, our Express Home Services team can help! Replacing your AC can become a huge investment, so it is important to consider a few important factors before choosing an HVAC contractor. If you are currently living in Utah or Nevada, we offer our services in several locations. Not only will we provide your home with the necessary comfort you need to enjoy the summer, but ask about our commercial air conditioning options, so your employees can enjoy their summer as well! Contact us today to get the quality service you deserve! 

When to Replace Your Air Conditioner

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