If you are sitting in your Coastal Bend home this summer feeling the heat, you may be contemplating whether your best bet is to repair or replace your air conditioning system. Although repair might seem easier on your checkbook, it may not be the best choice in the long run.
Older air conditioning systems may break down repeatedly, and their poor efficiency can drive up cooling bills, too. On the flip side, some simple maintenance and repairs can prolong A/C life and make immediate replacement unnecessary.
Before making the decision, consider the following:
- Is your air conditioning system more than 10 years old? You may get a better return on investment if you replace an aging system.
- Does it have a history of problems or frequent repairs? You can generally expect an aging A/C to require frequent, often costly, repairs.
- Can you apply the “Fifty Percent Rule”? If the repair cost is half the value of the system, it is generally time for a replacement.
Other benefits of replacing your system include:
- Convenience, avoiding unexpected repairs later.
- Lower utility bills, as a newer, higher-efficiency model can save you money monthly.
- Environmental considerations, as newer systems use R-410A, a U.S. EPA-approved refrigerant.
- Improved air quality and comfort, as a new system will properly dehumidify the home, preventing mold and mildew growth in your south Texas home.
- Savings, such as energy tax credits are often available for high-efficiency air conditioning systems.
For more information on finding the right air conditioning system for your home, please contact Mathews CCAC Inc. Whether you are in need of maintenance, repair or replacement, our experts are here to address all of your customer concerns and find the right solution to fit your needs. We serve homeowners in South Texas.
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