Are you experiencing an A/C breakdown – again? If you can’t decide whether you should repair or replace your air conditioner, consider the following three factors when making your choice.
- The system’s age: If you’ve had your air conditioner for more than 10 years, it might be time to say good-bye. The system’s age could be the reason for the A/C breakdown and is an indicator that the A/C is well past its prime years of service. At this age, the seasonal energy efficiency ratio (SEER) rating is probably well below the current federal minimum standard of 13 SEER. It’s also likely that the unit is performing well beneath its efficiency rating because it’s simply wearing out.
- The cost of running and repairing the air conditioner: If your cooling costs are noticeably higher than last summer, rising energy rates may not be the only thing to blame. The reduced efficiency of your aging unit could be the primary cause of increased cooling bills. In addition, several A/C breakdowns over the course of a season or two make it pretty clear that the system isn’t worth maintaining. All the money you have put into repairs and higher cooling costs could be put toward a high-efficiency replacement.
- The comfort level in your home: Summers in Kansas City are known to reach the 90s and higher, with stifling humidity to make things worse. These conditions leave your home vulnerable to great discomfort if you have another A/C breakdown. Even if your system manages to pull through the summer without breaking down, it could leave your home feeling hotter and more humid that it should.
These factors are worth taking into consideration so you can avoid a total A/C breakdown this summer, leaving you without any air conditioning in 90-plus weather. Don’t take that chance; replace your aging, inefficient system today.
Contact Overland Park Heating and Cooling for help making your equipment selection. We have proudly served the Greater Kansas City area since 1983.
Our goal is to help educate our customers about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).