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Should You Repair or Replace Your AC System?

Michigan’s long, hot summer days have arrived, and keeping cool is the number one priority. But when the air conditioner starts to struggle, it’s time to decide whether to repair it or invest in a new unit. Here are some factors that can make it easier for homeowners to decide which option is best.

How Old Is the System?

Just about any air conditioner problem can be solved, but the real trick is knowing if it’s worth it. The first factor to look at is age. Most AC units have a lifespan of about 15 years. For homeowners who have invested in repairs year after year, it’s probably not worth repairing an old system. But if this is the first problem, a quick repair may be all the unit needs to keep running. At any time, if the cost of repair nears or exceeds the $5,000 price, it’s probably worth buying a new one.

Which Refrigerant Does the Unit Use?

Another factor to consider is whether the existing AC uses R-22 or R-410a refrigerant. R-22 has been phased out in newer units due to its impact on the ozone layer; R-410a, a more environmentally friendly option, should take its place. A low supply of R-22 means higher prices; the cost of topping off this refrigerant is enough for some homeowners to upgrade. A new unit is not only good for the environment—it’s also good for the wallet!

Is It an Efficient Unit?

When it comes to energy efficiency, there’s a noticeable difference between today’s AC units and those manufactured a decade ago. Energy efficiency plays a role in expenses for your AC unit’s maintenance; an inefficient 10-year-old unit can be a drain on the power bill, while a new model can pay for itself in energy savings. Regular preventive maintenance can improve energy efficiency and extend the life of an air conditioner, so always seek the opinion of an HVAC company before choosing AC replacement.

Get a Professional Opinion Today

If your air conditioner is struggling in this scorching heat, Bremer & Bouman Heating and Cooling, Inc. offers AC repair and replacement services to help keep your home or office cool. We’ll fix your existing unit if appropriate or help you find a new model from Daikin or another top manufacturer. Contact Bremer & Bouman Heating and Cooling, Inc. today at (616) 396-7716 to request a free estimate on your AC system.