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Repairing versus Replacing that old Phoenix Air Conditioner

            Have you had your  Phoenix Air Conditioning Unit for a number of years now?  Is your A/C unit past all warranties?  Have you been told by a technician that you are in need of major repairs?  Has an Air Conditioning technician or expert recommended replacement of your existing unit?  There are many factors to consider whether it is off season or in the midst of the peak of our extremely hot summers here in the valley of the desert sun when deciding between repairing or replacing your current Air Condition Unit.

            A few of the factors to consider as you are debating this decision are, how old your existing unit is; how much money you have already put in to your existing unit over time for repairs; how much is it going to cost for current repairs; how often has your unit needed repairs; how well has your existing unit been fulfilling your cooling requirements; how much warranty if any, your existing units has; have you had any additions or add-ons to your home since the existing A/C unit was installed; and how efficient your current cooling system is in relation to power usage versus output.

            Before weighing in all of these factors, there is one circumstance that is a 100% guarantee that repairing is the best choice versus replacement.  If your home is the same size and structure it was when you first bought and had the existing unit installed, you know it is still the right size unit to serve your cooling needs now.  In addition, if your unit is still under warranty, and you know it is the right size to continue serving your homes cooling needs, this is the one definite yes to having the unit repaired versus replaced.  Both factors must apply, however to be a clear-cut answer to repair.

            There are two factors that are a pretty solid guarantee that replacement is the best option:  One, if your unit is over 10 years old.  It is impossible for an A/C unit over 10 years old to have anywhere near the efficiency factors available in new units today.  Efficiency factors that can keep your home cooler with less wear on the unit itself and  substantial savings on your power bill adding up to a long term savings well worth the cost of unit replacement.  Two, if you have modified, altered or added on to your home in any way since the current unit was installed.  An Air Condition Unit is rated based upon the amount of space it is designed and capable of cooling effectively.  If you have added on to your home in any manner that increases the space to be cooled beyond the rated capacity of your current unit, any money spent on repairs would be wasted as your unit would be incapable of cooling your space and ultimately would work itself to death very quickly putting you right back where you started.

The best place to start when faced with this decision, if the above rules do not apply, is of course just plain dollars and cents.  Get some quotes, more than one; get a quote for repairs from more than one technician and company.  Then get multiple quotes for replacement cost for different A/C units available, ask for quotes on the highest efficiency unit versus a quote for the lowest efficiency unit.  Get quotes on different name brands like Trane, Rheem, Ameristar and Goodman get quote comparisons for installation and removal. 

Now that you have the dollars and cents factor and stacks of different options, it is now time to start narrowing down the options as you make this monumental decision.  It is not exactly a life or death decision but with the extreme heat we experience for an extended period of time in this hot desert valley, it can seem that important.

            Taking all of the factors into consideration:  If your unit is outside of warranty, under five years old, still has a rating sufficient to cool your homes space requirements, and has never or seldom needed repairs before, it really does come down to dollars and cents and personal preference to replace as repair would seem the most logical choice. 

            If your unit is between five and ten years old and still rated large enough to cool your space requirements and has never or seldom needed repairs, unless the cost of repairs are extremely high comparable to the cost of replacement, it is best to repair.  

            If your unit is between five and ten years old, still rated large enough to cool your space requirements and has needed repairs more than two or three times over the years.  This is a good opportunity to seriously weigh in the price as well as the efficiency factors in making a fair determination as to whether to repair or replace. 

            If your unit is over 10 years old, whether it has had few or many repairs over the years, may not be as important as the fact that all units now available are more efficient and capable of cooling your home more effectively than the one you have now, however, if the cost of repairs are low it may make sense to do repairs.  If your unit is over 10 yrs old and this is your second or third call this season, even if the costs are low, they are now beginning to add up and the discomfort you are experiencing in addition to possible damage to your property from not being cooled far outweighs the upfront cost and the long term cost factors must now be calculated.  In this case, it is best to replace your current unit with the one that best fits your needs from the quotes you have already had done.

       This information does not cover all of the factors to be taken into consideration as the choice to replace versus repair and A/C unit, but does provide some basic guidelines to assist you in making one of the most important decisions you will be making as a resident or even part time resident in Phoenix the Air Conditioning Capital of America.  Stay cool and make informed choices that are good for you, your home and your family.

 

 

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