At some point, all of us are ultimately faced with the age-old question as it relates to buying a new AC vs. AC repair, as well as what factors to consider as to what decision might be best in both the short and long term. So we’d like to offer a few tips that we hope can prove beneficial in your search for the answer to that question.
There can be many benefits to both options, and ultimately we cannot make your decision for you. But our goal remains to be a resource for you to turn to when attempting to make the best choice for your family’s comfort. Because at the end of the day, we all want our unit to be running as efficiently as possible – making this decision an important one.
In this blog, we hope to provide a few helpful tips for you to assist in making your home as comfortable as possible.
Consider whether new problems consistently arise
It’s usually viewed as easier to stick a Band-Aid on a problem that comes up, such as fixing compressor coils or repairing leaks to pipes. But if you solve one problem and another one almost immediately crops up, there might be deeper issues – potentially signaling the need to spring for a new unit instead of simply trying to patch things up. At some point, you might need to consider whether a new AC vs. AC repair might be more palatable.
New AC vs. AC repair – Examine the price
There’s no real secret to this one – one of the first things you should consider when attempting to make your decision is how much a new AC vs. AC repair would hit your wallet. If it’s cheaper to repair it, then that might be the route to go. However, at a certain point everyone reaches that breaking point where the repairs and time put into them might outstrip what it costs to simply buy a new one – so that is something else to consider here.
And this one sort of builds on the previous tip. Some of us might be willing to shoulder the extra costs for constant repairs, but in many cases it will be much less of a hassle – and more efficient – to replace the unit and get your family cool again.
If you’re interested in potentially replacing or repairing your unit, don’t be afraid to give us here at Flex Heating and Air a call to see what we can do. Whether it’s a new unit or suggesting a quick fix, we’re ready to answer your questions.
New AC vs AC repair – Check your unit’s age
Depending on a number of factors, the opinion on weighing a new AC vs. AC repair can vary from unit to unit. Generally, though, the consensus is that if your air conditioning unit has at least 10 years or more of experience, it might be time to at least consider replacing it.
A number of different things – such as age, the environment it is placed in, whether or not maintenance has been done on a regular basis – can play into whether it’s time to replace your unit or repairs will be adequate for the foreseeable future and beyond.
So simply the age of an air conditioner should be the only factor considered. However, it can serve as a good baseline/starting point in making your decision a little easier.
New AC vs. AC Repair – Research/know your maintenance schedule
In addition to the age of the unit, this is another key factor to consider in your decision. If your unit is new or has been well kept-up, then simple repairs would likely be sufficient for the time being – depending on the scale of the problem, of course. If you inherited the unit and are unsure about whether it is in proper working unit or has been properly maintained, however, it might be wise to at least entertain the idea of purchasing a new one. It shouldn’t be done hastily, and maintenance records can usually be found somewhere depending on the distributor.
If you can’t find these records, aren’t sure of the maintenance history, or even if you simply want to double-check with an expert – we here at Flex Heating and Air can come out and give it a look to suggest what your best course of action might be.
Consider the quality of the installation
This one might be not be completely in our control, as we might move into a home that has a unit already installed. But it’s one that remains imperative in making our most important decisions. If the unit was installed poorly – whether as a whole or just certain components – at the outset, then a fair share of problems might arise.
A properly-installed unit can last you much longer and cool your home more efficiently. And Energy Star says that about half of all HVAC systems are incorrectly installed. So, if you would like one our technicians at Flex Heating and Air to come out and take a look at the system, give us a call and we’ll come on out.
Why choose Flex Heating and Air?
We’re about to reach a time of year where the efficiency and viability of your air conditioning is going to be – or should be – at the forefront of our minds. Because let’s face it, that time is almost all the time here in Texas. So it’s paramount that you figure out whether a new AC vs. AC repair is the best option for you. And at Flex Heating and Air, that is our sole priority – your comfort. It’s not just trying to get you to purchase the most expensive option, it’s to provide a sounding board and options for you and your family.
We know you may have been let down before by a previous provider, but we’d like you to give those of us here at Flex Heating and Air a chance to earn your trust. Give us a call today, and we’re happy to answer any questions you might have about the services we hope to provide you and attempt to assuage any doubts you may have.
Considering new AC vs. AC repair? Give Flex Heating and Air a call!