How to Definitively Tell if You Need AC Repair (or Replacement)

AC Repair (or Replacement)Is your broken air conditioner is driving you crazy?

Then, it might be time to consider bringing in the experts at Finish Line Heating and Cooling in Denver to repair or possibly replace the entire unit.

How do you know if it’s time to repair or replace your air conditioner? We’ll help you figure out whether you should keep investing in repairs – or replace the air conditioning unit for a new, more energy-efficient model.

1. It’s More Than 15 Years Old

While your air conditioner may have been new when you moved into your house, it may have outlived its usefulness.

If you notice that some spots in your house aren’t cooling off properly, that could indicate the need for replacement or repair.

An AC repair professional can tell you whether to replace the evaporator coil or the whole unit. They will come perform a diagnostic checkup on your air conditioning and let you know the cost of repairs.

You might be surprised at the cost of replacement freon these days. The problem is that air conditioning manufacturers are phasing out R-22 and the prices can be more than $150 per pound.

By 2020 all new air conditioning units will use R-401A, which is considered more eco-friendly.

2. It’s Not Energy-Efficient

New, “green” air conditioning units can pay for themselves in the first few years. You will notice a substantial reduction in your monthly cooling bills and you could also be adding value to your house.

You can see if your energy bills keep rising by collecting all of your bills from the past year. Take a look at the bills and see if they have raised their rates at all. If your energy bills keep getting higher and the energy company hasn’t raised their rates, it’s time to replaced your air conditioning.

It’s best to consult a professional before making the decision to replace your air conditioning. It could just be a matter of changing your filters more often or patching some leaky ductwork.

However, new air conditioning units are all designed to be budget-friendly and better for the environment.

3. You’ve Built an Addition to Your House

If you’ve expanded your home, it could be time to replace an aging or broken air conditioner.

If you’re wondering when to replace your AC unit, you should probably talk to air conditioning installers. They can advise you whether to repair or replace your AC system. 

You might have a four-ton air conditioner, but once you add on to your home it could need a five-ton unit. Talk to your contractors before you build to get an idea of what it would cost to replace your entire air conditioning system.

Sometimes an air conditioning leak repair cost is reasonable, depending on the size of the leak.

The problem with home additions is that they can change the way your house settles and could disrupt some of the ductwork. AC pros can help you fix this problem.

4. It’s Cost-Effective to Replace the AC Unit

Experts have a simple way to determine whether homeowners should repair or replace their air conditioning.

Take the age of your AC unit and multiply it by the repair cost. If the total is less than $5,000 it’s okay to repair the unit. If I have a 12-year-old AC unit and the cost of repairs is $500, the total is $6,000 and I should replace my air conditioning system.

You can also take a simple test to determine your home or office’s energy efficiency score. You’ll need your last 12 months of energy bills and the square footage of your house.

If your air conditioning unit doesn’t have a programmable thermostat and you’re away much of the day, you may want to get your unit replaced. You could be paying for air conditioning that you’re not even using.

Of course, if you’re going to replace your AC, you will want to check the seals on all of your windows and doors.

How Do I Know If My AC Is Broken?

If you hear your unit running and it sounds like it’s having a hard time starting and stopping, you could need AC repair.

You might have noticed that your pets stay in one room and don’t ever go into others. They might be trying to avoid “hot spots” in your home.

If you notice a large amount of dust or any unusual smells in your home, the culprit could be a broken air conditioner.

Also, if you check the outside of your AC unit and you can see that it’s leaking fluid, call an AC repair team.

On the bright side, if your air conditioning is working well and doesn’t have any leaks, there’s no reason that you would have to replace it. It’s important to get it checked out if you’re unsure.

Homeowners should make sure they change their air filters once every three months or so, more often if they have pets. This will help extend the life of your AC unit.

Make sure to get your AC unit fully diagnosed and repaired before summer hits so you can deal with any repairs well in advance of any hot temperatures.

How Soon Should I Call for AC Repair?

If there are pets, children, or elderly people living in your home, it’s very important to fix or replace your air conditioner right away. Soaring summer temperatures can affect their health and well-being.

Finish Line Heating and Cooling is a family-owned business with more than 15 years of experience. We offer AC repair and replacement for the Denver area. We can conduct a diagnostic of your entire system and help you decide when it makes sense to keep fixing your unit or start looking to install better, more energy-efficient air conditioning system.

When the time to invest in that new unit finally rolls around, you can trust Finish Line to work with your budget and help you find a good solution for your home and needs.

Drop us a line and we can schedule an in-person diagnostic visit at your home or office. We’re looking forward to working with you!

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