Making the right decision: should you repair or replace an AC?

A man's hand working on fixing an AC

Deciding to replace your AC system is a big decision and opting to make repairs certainly can make sense in the right circumstances. How do you know when replacing instead of repairing is the right choice to make?

Before deciding on replacement, contact Scott’s Air for a complete system assessment that will include evaluation of your existing equipment, as well as the ducts that deliver the cool air. If repair will extend the life of your system and provide you with an acceptable level of cooling, Scott’s Air is ready and able to provide you with fast and reliable repair services.

If you don’t know if you should repair or replace an AC, here are 9 basic questions you should ask yourself:

  • Does your air conditioner make strange noises?
  • Is your air conditioner not cooling correctly?
  • Is your home too hot during the summer, even though the AC is running?
  • Is your AC taking longer to cool off?
  • Does your AC turn off randomly then turn on?
  • Are some rooms colder or hotter than others?
  • Is your coil leaking?
  • Is your fan making noises?
  • Are your filters extremely dirty?

If you have answered yes to one or more of these questions, it may be time to replace.

Keep in mind that much has changed in air conditioning technology in recent years to the point where your system, even if it’s only 10 years old, may be outdated. For example, as of 2010, manufacturers must use a new kind of refrigerant that is ozone-friendly. A new system can also use less than half the electricity of your old one while doing a much more efficient job of keeping your home cool and comfortable.

Evaluating your ductwork will also help you make the “repair or replace” decision. It may be that repairing leaky ductwork will help your old system hang in there a little bit longer. Or, you may need to replace the ductwork entirely. Your Scott’s Air technician can recommend whether duct improvements or replacement should be done on its own or in conjunction with the installation of a new AC system.

Insulation should also be taken into account when examining your AC’s performance. If your house is poorly insulated, that may be putting a strain on your aging AC system. Resolving your home’s insulation flaws may mean that your old system will be able to continue to do the job for a few more years. Sealing gaps in the outer walls and attic floor, or blowing insulation into the walls, could provide a substantial break on your heating and cooling costs. Insulation improvements may be a more effective solution to your cooling problems than replacing your equipment.

If you do decide to replace your AC system but are put off by the cost, keep in mind that you may qualify for rebates from the manufacturer (like those offered by Bryant) and/or from your local utility. And your new system will save you a substantial amount of money on your monthly utility bill.

When you call Scott’s Air, our highly qualified experts can help you make the final “repair or replace” decision. If you opt for repair, our technicians will take the necessary steps to get your system up and running again as quickly as possible. Or if it’s time to replace, they will consider factors such as size, shape, and orientation of your home, as well as its location, in determining the perfect system.


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