There’s nothing like having your hope for the upcoming summer activities here in South Jersey stained by the anxiety that comes with an air conditioner that has been on the fritz. When you think back to the middle of last summer here in Camden, Gloucester, and Burlington Counties, was your air conditioner able to keep up? Or were you stuck sweating on the couch waiting for the air conditioning repair truck to show up?
Knowing whether to repair or replace your air conditioner is a tough decision for homeowners here in the Gloucester area to make. Which is why the cooling experts at Anyzek are here to help! There are times where the most cost-effective solution is to schedule air conditioning maintenance, and times where a full-on AC replacement will save you more in the long run. Here’s what you should know.
When to Repair Your AC Unit
You shouldn’t be waiting for a full on air conditioning emergency to schedule maintenance. Regularly scheduled maintenance for your air conditioner will keep it running at peak efficiency, and should be done before the summer heat arrives! Some signs of a broken AC unit that you should look out for include:
A lack of cold air coming from your AC unit
Poor airflow from room to room
Excess indoor humidity
Loud noises or strange odors coming from your vents
Visible fluid leaks
Inaccurate thermostat temperatures
Unexpectedly high cooling bills
A good rule of thumb to follow when it comes to repairing or maintaining your air conditioner is: If it is less than ten years old, and the repair costs are less than 25% of the cost of an air conditioning replacement, repair will be the financially smart move. But if you have seen a steady increase in your cooling bills, or have had to schedule more than one repair in a year, it may be time for a replacement.
When to Replace Your Air Conditioner
There are a few ways a modern air conditioner can end up saving you money (and headaches) in the long run — especially if you inherited the air conditioner in your home when you moved in! Look for these signs, and if you aren’t sure, you can always give your local Anyzek AC expert a call.
Your air conditioner is over 10 years old
Air conditioners have come a long way in energy efficiency in recent years and have an increased life expectancy. A newer, modern AC unit will reduce your cooling bills for years to come, which makes it a sound investment in your home comfort.
Your AC unit is severely damaged
A broken motor, damaged condenser coils, or a blown compressor is expensive to fix, and most often costs more than a quarter the cost of AC replacement. It is similar to “totalling” your vehicle — the cost of repair just isn’t worth it. Take this opportunity to upgrade your cooling appliance!
Your Cooling Bills are Consistently on the Rise
If you are still scheduling regular maintenance, trying to reduce your AC use by raising the temperature on your thermostat, and you are still seeing a rise in your cooling costs, your air conditioner could be at the end of its life expectancy. Replacing your air conditioner will keep you and your family cool while reducing your energy costs.
Looking for Some AC Advice? Anyzek is Here to Help!
If the rise in temperatures here in New Jersey has you nervous about whether your air conditioner has what it takes to keep you cool and comfortable all summer long, call our licensed and certified cooling experts here at Anyzek. We’ve spent the last 85 years serving the home comfort needs of our neighbors here in Camden, Gloucester, and Burlington Counties, and we know exactly what it takes to make sure your air conditioner doesn’t just survive the summer, but thrive in it!