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Factors to Consider Before Replacing Your AC

As your air conditioner gets older, it becomes more and more likely that you’ll need to invest in a replacement. But before you replace your unit with a new model, there are a few things to consider. For example, you may be able to invest in repairs that can keep your unit operating and cooling your home effectively.

If you have a mini split not cooling in Eugene, give our team a call to schedule service. We can troubleshoot to figure out what’s wrong with your AC and help get it working again. You can keep reading to learn more about the things that you should consider before deciding to overhaul your existing AC with a new model.

System Age

Before deciding to overhaul your entire air conditioner, it’s a good idea to consider your current unit’s age. Most air conditioners have a manufacturer’s warranty that covers the first 10 years. If your air conditioner is still within that warranty period, repair needs that are serious enough to have you consider installing a new unit may be covered by the manufacturer’s warranty. 

Don’t pay for an entirely new air conditioner if your current one is still under warranty and can have repair needs met without a significant out-of-pocket expense. However, if your air conditioner is past the manufacturer’s warranty, and nearing or past the 15-year mark, it’s probably an excellent time to invest in an upgrade. The average lifespan for an air conditioner is between 10 and 15 years, so there’s a good chance your unit has reached the end of its life.

Repair Costs and Frequency

You also want to consider the cost of repairs and how often you are having to make repairs. It is important to keep in mind that minor repair needs over the life of the unit are completely normal. Components are going to wear down and need to be tweaked or replaced. As long as repair needs are relatively minor, they’re a good idea to make because you’re investing in the longevity of the system.

But if repair needs become so frequent that you feel like you’re constantly calling for service or you face a repair bill that costs thousands of dollars, those are red flags that it’s time to replace your unit. If something major is wrong inside of your air conditioner, it makes more sense to put the money you would invest in that repair toward a new unit instead. Then you can have the peace of mind that your new air conditioner has a long lifespan ahead of it.

Upgrade Options

Once you decide that it is in fact time to upgrade your air conditioner, you can begin considering your options. If you currently have a more standard central air conditioner with attached ductwork, it’s easy to upgrade to a similar but newer unit. But you also have other options like a heat pump or a ductless mini split.

You can schedule an appointment with our team to talk about all of these different options and review the unique pros and cons of each one. We can also talk to you about SEER2 ratings, which help estimate system efficiency. This way you can invest in a new unit that is highly energy efficient and will lower your monthly energy costs for the coming years.

Your comfort is our business! Comfort Flow Heating serves all of Oregon, so contact our team today to schedule your appointment.

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