Should You Repair or Replace your AC Unit?

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An air conditioning unit can be a hefty financial investment for most families. The decision to replace your AC unit or repair your existing one is hard. Here are some general guidelines to help determine the best option.

Age of Unit

An ac unit is typically near the end of its lifespan at the fifteen-year mark. Breakdowns are more common as the unit ages. You will need to determine if the cost of the repair is worth it. Any repair that costs more than the value of the unit is not worth doing. A newer system will be far less likely to have expensive breakdowns and are a lot more energy-efficient.

Costly Electric Bills

An increase in your electric bill may not seem like a big deal. However, you will be surprised at how much money you lose over a year with an inefficient ac unit. You should do plenty of research to determine which unit is best for your home. AC units with higher SEER ratings are more efficient. Newly manufactured air conditioners must have a SEER rating of at least 13. Get ready to watch those bills drop!

Uncomfortable Temperatures

Does your home have a hard time staying cool? There are many possible and expensive reasons, including low Freon levels and a broken compressor. A broken thermostat can also have rooms cooler or warmer than others. These hot temperatures may be a sign that you will need to replace your AC unit. Hot summers can be unbearable, and replacing the unit may make sense.

Unusual Noises

Does your air conditioner sound like you are running the garbage disposal? Rattling, banging, squealing, and loud grinding are all noises that are out of the norm. These sounds could be a severe issue, and they need to be addressed immediately. A replacement may be the only option depending on how much time passes.

Moisture Buildup

Moisture buildup could be a sign of a refrigerant leak. This problem can cause the unit to under-perform, but also is a health risk. Water is a breeding ground for mold, and this issue needs to be corrected immediately. Air conditioner units can cause anxiety and stress if not managed properly. Consider all of your options before you decide to repair or replace your air conditioning unit. Get more than one opinion from a professional and credible company before moving forward.

How Hammock’s AC Can Help

Hammock’s AC is your trusted HVAC company located in the metro Atlanta area! Our friendly and experienced staff will give you the correct advice and be a helpful hand in deciding when and if you need to replace or repair your AC unit. If you are on the fence about the decision, give us a call or contact us through our website.