One of the most common questions we get here at Top Notch Heating, Cooling & Plumbing, is “Do I have to replace my AC unit, or can I just repair it?” This is an important question to address and unfortunately, one that has no direct answer. There are several factors that can help determine if AC repair or AC replacement is necessary. Keep reading to see what the experts at Top Notch in Kansas City have to say.
Things to Consider Before Replacing Your Air Conditioner
There are a few things to consider before you are quick to replace your air conditioner. Sometimes a fix is better than a replacement, but consider this first:
How old is your AC unit?
Most air conditioners can last between 10 and 15 years depending on how often and how long it is running. After the 10 year mark, repairs become expensive and breakdowns become more frequent. Unfortunately as your unit ages, so do its parts and often times it is hard to find replacement parts for older AC units. Older units also lack energy efficiency. You could be spending extra money each month running your outdated unit. If your AC unit is older and harder to repair, it would be a worthwhile investment to replace your AC unit with a newer more energy efficient one.
What is the current condition of your AC unit?
If you have a unit that needs frequent repairs, no matter the age, you should consider replacing it. You could save money down the road by replacing your unit with an energy-efficient system. However, if your air conditioner is still under a manufacturer’s warranty, you should contact them first for replacement.
If there are certain rooms in your home that don’t cool evenly, or it takes a long time for your AC unit to cool your home, it may not be the right size, and should be replaced or upgraded.
How energy-efficient is your AC unit?
Older AC units are far less energy-efficient than ones manufactured today. When you repair an older unit, it does not necessarily increase its energy efficiency. It will still have the same efficiency rate as when it was first manufactured. AC units are rated by SEER (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Rating) and the current SEER standard for the Kansas City area is 13 SEER. If your unit has a SEER rating lower than 13, we would advise you to have your air conditioner replaced.
AC Repair & Replacement in the Kansas City Area
Whether you have a leaky refrigerant coil or a malfunctioning air compressor, call Top Notch for your AC repairs in Kansas City. If your AC unit is beyond repair we may recommend replacement, but not without inspecting it first. You can rely on our team of certified technicians for quality AC services.
For AC repair service in the Kansas City, MO and Johnson County, KS areas call Top Notch today at (913) 535-8002(913) 535-8002!