(BPT) – Sooner or later, every homeowner will face the same tough decision: Can you repair that malfunctioning system or appliance one more time, or is it finally time to replace it? Summer temperatures can heat up the repair-or-replace debate for homeowners living with an older cooling system.
To arrive at an answer, you must weigh numerous factors, including which option is more cost-effective over both the long- and short-term, how the existing or new system will affect the air quality of your home, and just how much reliability you require. Your decision can affect your wallet and the comfort of your home for years to come.
When you can still repair
Sometimes, it may be preferable to repair a minor problem than to replace a system. Your cooling system might still be a candidate for repair if:
* It’s less than 10 years old and/or is a high-quality, energy-efficient model.
* The repair is still covered under warranty, or you will be able to pay for the repair without financing the cost.
* The cost of the repair will be far less than the cost of replacement.
* You can reasonably expect the repair to solve your problem.
* Repairing the problem means that specific issue isn’t likely to reoccur throughout the system’s remaining lifespan.
When it’s time to replace
It can be much easier to recognize the signs that it’s time to replace a worn-out cooling system. They can include:
* A system that is 10 or more years old.
* Frequent and repeated repairs that are adding up to be very costly.
* Even after repairs and/or maintenance, the system still doesn’t adequately cool your home.
* Very high energy bills. Modern cooling systems are significantly more energy-efficient than older units.
* You can afford to finance a replacement, but can no longer afford to pay cash for repairs.
* The unreliability of the worn-out cooling system is affecting the comfort of your home and causing you to feel stress.
Replacing a cooling system
When you decide replacing a cooling system makes the most sense for your needs, you’ll need to start looking for a new system. Here are some points to keep in mind:
* Choosing an energy-efficient unit like the Champion(R) Momentum(TM) Variable Capacity Air Conditioner can greatly reduce energy bills while improving the comfort of your home. Refer to the system’s Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER) to get an idea of how much more energy-efficient the new unit is. Modern air-conditioning systems can be over 50 percent more efficient than ones manufactured a decade ago.
* It’s important to right-size your new cooling system. A system that is too small for your home won’t be able to deliver the desired comfort level, and will use more energy working harder at maintaining cool temperatures. A system that is too large will also use more energy and may result in uneven cooling throughout the house.
* Depending on the age of your home and your cooling system, you may have to repair or replace other elements, too. Have your home’s duct work, insulation, refrigerant piping, electrical service, wiring, thermostat and other cooling system components inspected, too. Ensuring all the parts of the system are in top working order will help your new air-conditioning unit work at its best, too.
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