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When It’s Time to Choose Replacement: Our Comprehensive Guide

Air conditioners and heating systems don’t last forever. If they did, we’d live in a much different world. But machines break down over long periods of time, from cars to HVAC systems, and this is just a physical reality of the world we live in. We don’t want to lie to our customers and tell them that their air conditioner will be fine going into its 16th year of service, but we also don’t want to be too pessimistic and force anyone into a replacement.

In truth, there’s a middle ground between repair and replacement, and customers need to find that for themselves. But there’s no reason why we can’t guide you!

Today, we’d like to focus on air conditioning replacement in Cedar Rapids, and more specifically, when it’s time to finally call it quits. A replacement could not only be the most cost-effective choice for you currently, but it could relieve a lot of stress and make your life easier going forward.

Start With Repairs

Look, it’s never a bad idea to start with assuming that your HVAC system needs a quick fix, especially if you’re on a tight budget. Many people in our community just don’t have the money or resources to purchase a brand-new HVAC system, even if it’s the most cost-effective solution to their problem.

So, start by scheduling an appointment to evaluate the condition of your system.

Estimates, Maintenance, and More

When you detect something wrong with your aging air conditioner, you’ll want to get an estimate on what it would take to fix it. Estimates can be a great help because a professional will give you their honest assessment of how much it would cost to get the system running again. Then, you can purchase maintenance to ensure that the system is inspected, cleaned, and ready to go for the next season. If you’re not interested in a replacement, then these are your best bets.

Evaluating a Replacement

What if the repair cost is too high for such an old system? Or what if something is wrong and a technician recommends replacement? Here are some of the reasons to think about replacing your system rather than fixing it.

  • Age. An AC can only realistically last 10-15 years before it runs into serious problems. Components will be worn down by this point and your system will be living on borrowed time.
  • Efficiency. An old air conditioner runs less efficiently than a new one, which means you’ll be paying more over time for your old unit.
  • The cost of repairs. Sometimes the cost of repairs is too high, and you’re just better off putting that money toward a replacement system.
  • The frequency of repairs. What’s the point of paying for repairs if the system is bound to break down again this year?
  • Poor temperature control. An air conditioner that can’t properly cool your home is just not worth the cost.
  • Being more eco-friendly. Some folks want to replace their AC and gas furnace systems with an all-in-one heat pump to be more eco-friendly. This is a great choice for many reasons.

Start by calling our team and scheduling an appointment to see how your home might benefit from replacement.

At Dalton Plumbing, Heating, Cooling, Electric and Fireplaces, Inc., your comfort is our promise! To set up an appointment in the Cedar Rapids area, give us a call at the number above, email or schedule an appointment online. 

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