Repairing Your Air Conditioner Versus Replacing It In Henderson NV and Las Vegas
If your AC unit is broken then it is time to consider either investing into a repair or a replacement.
At A-Tech Heating and Cooling, we take great care with such considerations and recommend the best option available. Our final recommendations are based on a wide range of factors ranging from the unit’s age to the amount of times it has broken down.
It is important to understand that there is no one-size-fits-all answer for whether it’s a good idea to repair or replace an AC unit. Each home, unit, and situation is unique. And this is why we offer a free consultation for all homeowners in Las Vegas and surrounding areas.
If your AC has broken down and you need assistance in fixing it, or determining what exactly is the best thing to do next. give us a call at (702) 489-5500.
Should I Repair or Replace My AC Unit?
Average air conditioning units cost about $5,000. We use this figure when comparing the cost of replacing a unit versus fixing an existing one. Furthermore, we also use a formula in which we take the age of the existing unit and times it by the repair cost. A unit that is five years old and needs a $400 repair comes out to $2,000. In such a case, along with other factors, it would likely be more economical to repair the unit than to replace it.
There are also times when units have developed refrigerant leaks that can’t be fixed. In such situations it is possible to keep a unit running by continually replacing its refrigerant, but eventually the compressor will completely break down. Since compressors can cost up to thousands of dollars, a permanent leak can signal that replacing the unit will be more beneficial in the long run.
At A-Tech Heating and Cooling our skilled technicians are experienced in properly identifying AC unit issues and repairing them, or making the recommendation for a replacement. As many times as we have come across units with leaks that couldn’t be fixed, we have also come across leaking units that could easily be fixed. We always do everything we can to provide homeowners with the best service possible, and that is why we take extra care when inspecting units and making a recommendation.
Aside from a unit’s age and condition, it’s also important to consider its economical efficiency. Energy Star recommends that all units over ten years are upgraded because by that point the old unit takes more energy to run over a few years than it would to invest in a new unit. A broken AC that is older than ten years should definitely be replaced.
Units that are less than ten years old still need to have their efficiency taken into account. That is why we examine utility information for broken units, before determining if a new unit will cost less to run and maintain.
Our Recommendation Approach
When the AC in your home has broken down, it’s likely that the temperature has reached an uncomfortable level. During such an event it’s easy for homeowners to make impulsive decisions without taking everything into consideration. Some HVAC companies use these situations to push projects and unnecessary costs onto homeowners. Our approach is much different, because we outline all of the available options along with their economical and comfort pros and cons.
Along with providing homeowners with available options, we also recommend the best route of action based on their current unit’s life expectancy, repair costs, efficiency, and the climate that it runs in.
It is important to understand how the climate affects an AC unit, especially if it is near the ocean and corrodes faster due to salt contamination. It is also important to take S.E.E.R. (seasonal energy efficiency ratings) into account.
If your current unit is noisy or causes your home to become humid, it might also be a better choice to replace the unit and alleviate these problems.
At A-Tech Heating and Cooling, we consider every single aspect of your home and AC unit. On top of the important things to consider that we have listed above, we also inspect the insulation in your home, the duct system, and any air leaks that may be present.
Such a thorough approach guarantees that once we fix or replace a unit that it will continue running well and without problems for years to come. All of our services are dedicated to preventing breakdowns in the future, and lowering monthly bills for homeowners.
To learn more about our services or schedule a free consultation, give us a call today at (702) 489-5500.