Unsure whether your air conditioner is on its last leg or if you can get a few more years about it? Homeowners often have the debate between repair and replacement when something goes wrong with a major appliance like an air conditioner. Here are somethings to consider when determining the course of action you should take when dealing with a broken unit.

Age of the Air Conditioner 

Always consider how old your air conditioner is when deciding to repair or replace it. The age of the unit is a great way to measure an air conditioner's overall wear since it doesn't record useful information like total operating hours. You can expect to get between 15-25 years out of your air conditioner, which can lean more towards the 25-year mark if you were good at taking care of the unit and performing regular maintenance. If your unit is under 15 years and you've been getting annual inspections done by an HVAC contractor, repair may be the best option for you. Otherwise, you may want to consider replacement.

Energy Efficiency of the Air Conditioner

Are you looking to go green with how your home runs?If so,a broken air conditioner could be a great excuse to get a brand new one. There have been several technological advances in air conditioners over the years that make them more efficient, such as scroll technology that helps the compressor run more efficiently. 

How Long You Plan on Staying in Your Home 

Did you just move into your home and are looking to stay in it for 10, 20 or 30 years?If so, you're sure to enjoy the cost-saving benefits of a brand-new air conditioner. If your current air conditioner is about 10 years old, know that a new unit can cut your cooling costs by 30-50 percent. There is no point in getting a few more years out of that old air conditioner when you could potentially get a lot of use out ofa new air conditioner right away. On the flip side, stick with repair if you plan to move out of your home in the near future. This will give the next owner the opportunity to decide if they want to repair or replace the unit when it next fails 
Cost to Fix the Air Conditioner

The type of repair that needs to be done will also help determine if repair or replacement is the best option. Minor problems like refrigerant leaks are cheap and easy to repair. Sometimes a refrigerant leak doesn't even involve the compressor itself, which means the most expensive part of your air conditioner is fine. Major damage to crucial parts could help guide you toward replacement. For instance,a problem with the evaporator coil could cost you more than you anticipate in part sand labor. Replacing an evaporator coil will give your air conditioner a new life, but it is only a matter of time before another part breaks on the unit. 

Need for a Larger Air Conditioner 

Building an addition or finishing a basement can add quite a bit of additional square footage to your home that will need to be cooled in the summer. A broken air conditioner may be a great opportunity to replace your unit with a new one that is the proper size for your current home. Keep in mind that a larger air conditioner can do more harm than good if you don't need it. Replacing your current unit with a larger one is not going to cool down your home any faster if that is what you were hoping for. In fact, it is cheaper to run a smaller air conditioner than a bigger one if you had to choose between the two. Air Time Heating & Cooling can assist with choosing between air conditioner repair or replacement