It’s starting to heat up here in the Midwest, and that means that we’ll be turning on our air conditioners soon, perhaps for the first time this year. What happens when we change the thermostat and nothing happens? Our air conditioner doesn’t turn on, or it does, but is not blowing cold air?
Air Conditioner repair is sometimes necessary. It’s important to have a diagnostic check on your system prior to having it run for the next couple of months nonstop. Though the repaired system in the home will continue to work for years, sometimes decades, repairs are no longer possible in some instances. In this case, making the decision to install a new system is often a good one. However, you should not base this on factors such as the age of the current system. Rather, you should be able to get help from a trained technician who can provide you with more information and guidance about when to replace an existing system.
When Repairs Are Likely
In many cases, air conditioner repairs are possible and, often times, probable. If the system is still within its warranty, then performing repairs is easy to do. Even those that are significantly older can still be fixed rather than replaced. If the system is maintained and all appropriate preventative maintenance steps are taken during its lifetime, the system is likely to need just updates or replacement of key components. However, repairs will not be good enough in some situations. That includes situations like the following.
Does the system require a very expensive replacement part? For example, if you need to replace the condenser or the motor, it may be more cost effective in the long-term to replace the system. This is especially true when there are instances in which possible breakdowns from other compenents are likely.
Is the system no longer efficient? Over time, the system may become harder to maintain and to keep running efficiently. If you are spending more on your energy bill to cool the home than you used to, it may be time to replace the system. Those systems older than ten to fifteen years are often less efficient than newer models.
Does the system no longer provide enough cooling for the home? If so, it may be a good idea to replace it. A system that is too small or one that is not properly working can become a risk for the home. Replacing it could save money in the long-term.
Overall, air conditioner repair is the first step. Discuss your needs for this with your technician. He or she will conduct a thorough inspection of the current system to determine what the problems are, if there are any, and then will offer recommendations about whether repairs or replacement is best. Sometimes the repairs are simple and inexpensive. In other cases, newer models can pay for themselves over the short term by reducing energy consumption needs. A trained technician can help you to know the difference. Schedule an appointment online today, or give Tiger Heating & Air Conditioning Services a call at 1-866-TIGER70.