We’re coming to the end of heating season, which means you’ll soon be dusting your air conditioning system off and putting it to use again. If your air conditioner is older — especially if the warranty has expired — then you need to consider the ramifications of any problems you may encounter this summer. This is one of the reasons why we recommend air conditioning maintenance sessions every spring, especially if you have an older system. Not only will it help that system perform more efficiently during the warmer summer months to come, but it will help you answer the question of AC repair vs. AC replacement. When is it better to invest in a new air conditioner rather than propping up an old one?
The warranty on your air conditioner plays a huge role in any repairs you need to make, because it covers the air conditioner’s original components. As long as the warranty is in effect, you won’t pay for replacement components if the originals ever fail: only the cost of labor and smaller ancillary components like screws and bolts. That reduces the cost of most repairs quite a bit, and as long as the warranty is in effect, it usually means that repairs are a better option than replacement.
Once the warranty expires, the cost of repairs will inevitably go up. Even then though, you can sometimes keep costs down if the repairs are infrequent and mild. (This is another reason we recommend maintenance sessions since they can help reduce wear and tear, and thus lower the chances of a serious repair.)
Only when the costs have exceeded what you think your existing air conditioner is worth should you think about replacing it. Excessive costs usually boil down to one of the two following categories:
Whether you need AC repair services in Littleton, CO, or your air conditioner is ready for replacement, call the friendly pros at Bell Plumbing and Heating to get the job done.