The air conditioner is a vital component in homes and commercial premises. In fact, certain states have made it mandatory for building owners to install AC systems in their premises. Plus, there are specific laws governing the installations. Provided you do things right, the air conditioner will ensure your home has the coolest temperatures and quality air. For how long? That depends on how well you care for the equipment. However, there comes a time when you have to decide between doing an AC repair or replacement.
How old is the HVAC?
Is it an old model that dates back more than 12 years ago? If it is, then you should be thinking of replacing it with a new unit that performs better and is quieter. After all, repairing old machines is likely to cost more because most of their parts have been phased out. New models of not more than 12 years are much easier and cost-effective to repair.
The frequency with which an AC unit malfunctions is also a good way to gauge its longevity. If you have only had one major repair in the past 10 years, your air conditioner is still good for use. However, three or more major repairs, with a few minor ones in between is a sign to start saving for a new system.
Cost of repairs
Is the warranty on your temperature control system still active? Do you spend less than 50% the cost of a new unit to fix damages? Then you have no reason to shop for a new aircon. On the other hand, if the cost of patching up your air conditioner exceeds 50% the price of a new unit, you must consider replacement immediately. This is because the efficiency of a new HVAC will help you save a lot on expenses in the long run.
The extent of a problem
The extent of the damages will also inform your decision on whether to repair or replace. Minor issues like loose or broken ductwork, clogged drain, and electrical problems can easily be fixed by a qualified technician. Unfortunately, that wouldn’t be the case when faced with major issues affecting the compressor, condenser coils, or blower motor. Save yourself the hassle and imminent disappointment by looking for a reputable aircon retailer or manufacturer.
Lastly is the efficiency level of your temperature control high or low? An SEER rating of more than 13 and EER greater than 10 means your system still has several years of quality performance. If you get anything below those two figures, then your air conditioner is more of a liability and must be replaced.
Talk to our HVAC technicians today on 087 551 0627 if you need somebody to inspect your unit. We are the best air conditioner installers in Cape Town. Our expertise covers both repairs and maintenances in residential and commercial premises. Your comfort and satisfaction are our main concern. Furthermore, you will love our friendly and professional approach, and the affordable rates.