When Is It Time to Install a New Air Conditioner?

When Is It Time to Install a New Air Conditioner?

Air conditioners are long-term investments and commitments. Homeowners buy them and keep them for roughly the same amount of time that they would keep a car: between 10 to 15 years. The buying commitment is nearly as large as a mid-range car as well—according to Angie’s List, homeowners can expect to pay between $5,000 and $10,000 for a new AC unit.

air conditioner technicianAgain, like cars, there comes a time when replacement is more cost-effective than repair. If your system is beginning to perform less and less over time, AC repair is usually a great way to extend your system's life—but when is it time for a change? Burant Heating & Air Conditioning can help you answer that question.

When It’s Getting Older

The easiest sign of replacement is simply age. Most systems are designed to last 10 to 12 years, 15 at the most. If your air conditioning system is approaching a decade of use, some repairs are worth doing—for instance, annual maintenance is always cost-effective. However, once your system is as old as a junior higher, it might be time to switch out for a new model.

When Repair Costs 50% of Replacement

Calculate your anticipated repairs and maintenance for the next 12 months, and add together the repairs you’ve applied in the last 12 months. Next, get a quote for AC installation in Milwaukee for the system you want. Once you have the two figures, you can compare the cost of repairs with the cost of replacement.

When the cost of repairs start to approach half the cost of replacement, that’s the moment your AC unit may need replacing. If it’s costing you between $2,500 to $5,000 to maintain your air conditioner every year or two, you’ll actually save money on repairs by choosing the higher value installation option.

When Repairs Don’t Do Much Anymore

Unfortunately, this particular tool is a little less quantitative. If you’ve been spending money on maintenance or repairs and your unit still won’t perform as designed, then it may be too far gone. Continuing to repair it may be an exercise in futility. Ultimately, your repairs should not just keep your air conditioner working, but working well. That means actually keeping your home cool in the summer. If repairs don’t seem to be that effective, then a new model may be the answer.

Get a Quote Today

Burant Heating & Air Conditioning offers free in-home estimates for all AC installation jobs. Let us give you a quote for your repairs and your potential installation—by offering you both figures, we can help you make the decision that’s best for your home and your budget. Let our team help you make the right choice.

Explore our site to find out more about our service, like:

  • 10-year warranties on top-tier AC installations
  • 2-year parts and labor warranties on all repairs
  • Speak directly with a technician, guaranteed
  • Comfort Assurance guarantee for your peace of mind

Call (414) 386-3660 today for the in-home estimate you can trust!


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