Here’s a common scenario that happens around this time of year, when the temperatures start to get warm: Your air conditioner starts to act up, and then it stops altogether. You call HVAC professionals to have the system repaired, and the technicians show up and manage to get the air conditioner working once more. But they tell you that the system will probably need to be replaced—and soon.
This is very important advice, because the truth is that you cannot continue to repair your ailing air conditioner forever. That isn’t how mechanical systems work. Yes, there’s an appeal to the idea of simply fixing a system whenever something goes wrong with, but this cannot go on indefinitely, for three reasons:
- The costs of repairs will eventually outweigh the savings of staying with the older system.
- The gradual loss of energy efficiency will make the AC too expensive to run.
- No matter what, the air conditioner will eventually break down past the point where repairs can restore it.
How exactly do you determine when you should skip the repair and go to the replacement? Here’s a good calculation you can use to make a fast analysis regarding a repair. Take the projected cost of the repair and multiply it by how many years you’ve had your air conditioner. If the result is more than $5,000, then it’s probably better to replace the AC. For example, if you have a 15-year-old air conditioner, and it needs to have $350 in repairs, it’s a good idea to arrange to have it replaced. (15 x $350 = $5,250.)
However, nothing beats expert advice when it comes to making the choice. You can always call our HVAC team when you’re on the cusp of the repair/replace decision. We are AC replacement specialists, and we can provide you with all the information you need to know to make the best decision.
Kilowatt Heating, Air Conditioning and Electrical offers excellent air conditioner replacement services to Encino, CA and throughout Los Angeles and the San Fernando Valley.