Repair vs. Replace: How to Decide What’s Best for your AC Unit

Posted on: June 26, 2014

When the air conditioner stops working in your Largo home, you may be wondering if you should have AC repair service or just replace the system. Midway Services can help you determine what option is best for you. There are many different factors that come into play when deciding what will be best for your unit. Here are some important things to consider before you have your AC repaired:

AC Repair Rule of Thumb

When your air conditioner needs repairs, it is important to consider the life expectancy of your unit as well as how old it is when the repairs are needed. Here is a rule of thumb for determining whether to repair or replace your AC system: replacement may be best if the system is beyond three-quarters of its expectancy or if repairs will cost more than a third of replacement.

While this is a rule of thumb, a licensed technician knows that not every air conditioner is the same, and deciding on AC repairs for your Largo system varies from case to case. If you are considering replacement, your Midway technician can take into account the life expectancy and efficiency of your current unit and compare it to the prices and efficiency of new models available on the market.

High Efficiency is Key

Even if you are not in need of AC repairs, you may want to consider replacing your system if it is not running as efficiently as it should. A professional can determine what the Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio or SEER rating is for your system. Any air conditioner with a SEER rating of 10 or lower should be replaced. A unit with a low SEER rating could be using twice the amount of electricity that a newer and more efficient model may need. A system with a high SEER rating like 13 or even 16 can save from 30%-60% of energy used to run the system.

If you are in the need of AC repairs in Largo or are considering replacing your entire system, be sure to have a Midway professional point you in the right direction. Call today at 727-565-0448.