Your HVAC system is essential to creating a comfortable home environment, which is why it’s important to monitor its condition. After all, using an inefficient unit can cause high energy bills. To determine whether it’s time to replace your unit or if repairs are enough, we recommend evaluating several factors. Superior Air, the expert on air conditioning repair, explains more:
The Age of Your Unit
One of the most important factors in determining whether to repair or replace your unit is its age. A good rule of thumb is to multiply your system’s age to the estimated repair cost. If the number is more than 5000, it’s best to consider a replacement.
The Cost of R-22
Some air conditioning units use R-22 refrigerant to cool the air in the system. If you have one of these units, one of the most common problems you would experience is coolant leaks. This, however, cannot be easily repaired, as it requires both professional work and additional refrigerant. The cost of a new R-22 refrigerant and the cost of fixing the leak itself can amount to nearly the same as a new air conditioning unit. Since the cost of Freon has soared in recent years, it may be more practical to invest in a new air conditioning installation.
The Energy Efficiency of Your Home
During seasons with extreme weather, for example summer, your air conditioning unit would have to work twice as hard to maintain your interior’s comfort levels. Damaged units would require more energy to produce the same results. ENERGY STAR® suggests upgrading your equipment if it is more than 10 years old. Fortunately, the majority of air conditioning units today have greatly improved energy efficiency, allowing you to make the most of your investment.
Superior Air can provide you with high-quality HVAC systems that meet your needs and help reduce your overall energy expenses. We also provide air conditioning maintenance services to keep your unit efficient for years. Call us today at (559) 342-0023 for a free quote. We serve Hanford and the surrounding CA communities.