Central air is seen as a luxury to some home owners and to others, it is seen as a must have in a home. If you are not one to enjoy the heat – at least not on the inside of your home – then you are probably among those that see central air as a must have. Whether you have bought a home recently that had central air and it is just not working up to your standards or you have been living in your home and you do not think that your central air conditioning unit is doing its job correctly, these tips will help you decide whether you should go ahead and fix your central air conditioning unit, or replace them all together.
A lot of things come into play when deciding your air conditioning unit is not doing it’s job well. While it could be your unit itself, it might also have to do with the ducts inside your home that are the tunnels for the cold air to pass through. It could also be your home’s insulation. If your ducts are not connected how they should be, you could be losing cold valuable air. Same goes with your insulation. If your home is poorly insulated, cold air is escaping without you even knowing it. Having a contractor access your insulation and your duct work will help determine if it is really your unit that is not working properly.
Also, sometimes it might be worth the cost to just replace the central air conditioning unit over repairing it. If your unit is eight or more years old, it is probably a good idea to not spend money on repairing it and instead, get a newer system. It will, of course, cost you a little more money to replace rather than repair but in the long run you could actually be saving money – and the environment. Newer central air conditioning units do not use ozone depleting coolants, and generally are more energy efficient than the older units. They tend to need less run time to cool even the largest of homes, as long as it is insulated properly, and use much less energy.
Another reason your air conditioning unit might not be running up to par, or seems to have frequent problems, could be because it is not the proper size for your home. Sometimes a larger than needed air conditioning unit is installed which means that it is more powerful and cools your home much more quickly than the right sized one would. While that does not seem like a bad thing, for the unit itself it is. Larger, more powerful machines will run more, meaning more on and off cycles that mess with the mechanics inside the unit. This, for you, means more frequent repairing.
When deciding on if it is really worth fixing, or should you get a new unit all together, it mostly comes down to age and efficiency. If your unit is only a few years old, it is probably a good idea to repair it versus replacing it. If your unit is more than eight years old, you will probably in the end save more money with replacing it. However, if you need help – a contractor or specialist in your area can help you access the reason your air conditioning unit is not meeting your needs.