How to Decide Between A.C. Repair in Santa Rosa or A.C. Replacement?

A.C. repair in Santa Rosa in your future?The heat is on outside and suddenly you have a cooling crises inside. You might be faced with the question “Do I need just an A.C. repair here in Santa Rosa or do I need to replace the unit?”

There are many factors you can consider before you call me or an HVAC contractor where you live and thinking about this before this event  is preferable to getting into this state.

However, if you are not having a problem and your unit is 8 or more years old, now is the time to make the decision to budget for A.C. replacement or A.C. repair in Santa Rosa. So which do you need?

How high are your utility bills and AC repair bills?

  • Bills – As your air conditioner ages it comes less efficient and your utility bill goes up.  One way to tell is if your energy bill rises and you’re not doing anything differently.  When A.C. units get old, they actually burn more electricity causing your bills to go up th and your comfort to go down.
  • Repair bills – If your equipment is beyond ¾ of its life expectancy and A.C. repairs in Santa Rosa cost more than 1/3 of a replacement, you need to consider the costs.  If repairing your unit will cost 50% or more of the cost of replacing it, you might consider a replacement.  For example, if your unit is 15 years old and you are facing a $750 repair, you might want to reconsider getting it repaired and find out about getting it replaced.
  • Leaking – Have you called out your HVAC dealer to replace the refrigerant because it leaks? How about more than once? When an A.C. of any age requires refrigerant, it’s usually a sign of a more serious problem.  Despite popular belief, home owners should never need to add refrigerant to their homes’ central air conditioner.

What about efficiency and potential savings?

  • Efficiency – As your unit ages the efficiency at which it functions can go as low as 65%.  Besides costing you more money this problem is hard on the environment.  New A.C. Systems like our Trane XL20i  are among the highest energy efficient air conditioners available today. Its SEER (Seasonal energy efficiency ratio) of up to 20.00 exceeds the minimum efficiency of 13 SEER set by the Department of Energy. A SEER rating of up to 20.00 can mean a savings of up to 60 percent on a family’s annual cooling costs, if the system it’s replacing is 10 years or older. (This figure is the potential energy use comparing an 8-SEER system to a 20-SEER high-efficiency system. Actual energy savings will vary depending on many factors including your lifestyle, system settings, maintenance, climate and installation.)
  • A.C. repair in Santa Rosa can save you moneyPotential Savings – Monthly payments are a good reason to look at whether to replace or repair your A.C. system.  Here is a theoretical example that does not include monthly bills.
    • $300 to $700+ potential cost to repair a refrigerant leak and recharge the system with R-22 refrigerant (depending on area). This does not include any additional repair costs needed or recommended, maintenance, trip fees, etc.
    •  $79 potential payment on a brand new system
    • -$20 to $200 (or more) monthly energy savings
    • = Investment of $59/month to savings of $121/month, depending on the area.

How old is the unit and is it still in warranty?

  • How old is the unit? – Many HVAC contractors suggest replacing your unit as early as 8-10 years after purchase.  Do you know when you or the previous owner bought the unit?  Of course, the need for an A.C. repair in Santa Rosa or replacement depends on the state of the unit.
  • Warranty – If it is in warranty, you might consider just having a repair.  If it is out of warranty, that’s a different matter.  However if your air conditioner was manufactured less than five years ago, it may still be under warranty making A.C. repairs in Santa Rosa more affordable.

Special considerations before choosing A.C. repair in Santa Rosa

  • Are there any seasonal specials?  During certain times of year many hvac contractors hold A.C. discounts and specials, typically during the winter and one in the summer.
  • Decisions, Decisions –it all boils down to the age of the unit, the state the unit is in, the price of your energy bills and repairs, and the price of purchasing a new unit.  The decision to repair or replace your A.C. unit is a personal one, based on your financial, comfort, and environmental needs.  However, as we enter the hottest part of summer you do not want the frustration of dealing with A.C. repairs in Santa Rosa on triple-digit degree days.

Sometimes it’s hard to gauge the benefits of either A.C. replacement or A.C. repair in Santa Rosa.  If you’re not sure, we would be glad to sit down with you and look at specifics.  You can always call us at 707-953-3345.

About Chris Carpenter

Chris Carpenter has owned Affordable Heating and Air for 25 years. Chris is a fully factory-trained technician with a wealth of knowledge about heating and air conditioning. He enjoys educating homeowners about the pros and cons of each systems so they can make an informed decision when addressing their needs. Chris’s son and business partner, Paul, has been working with him for the last three years and their key to success is “being professional, honest and forthright in all our dealings and treating people as they would like to be treated.” You can reach Chris by calling 707-953-3345 at Affordable Heating and Air.

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