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How to Know if You Should Repair or Replace Your Air Conditioner

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old-air-conditioner2If your air conditioner is broken now or breaks down during the summer, one of the most difficult decisions can be whether you should repair it or replace it.

In general, repairing your air conditioner will be much cheaper and better in the long run. However, there are a few important factors you should also consider.

How old is your air conditioner?

When properly maintained by a trusted air conditioning company, air conditioners can last up to 20 years. However, if you did not regularly maintain your air conditioner, it will likely only last 10-15 years.

So if you have made sure your air conditioner was tuned-up each year and it hasn’t quite reached the 15-year mark, repairing is a safe bet.

If, on the other hand, you didn’t maintain your air conditioner and it is over 10-years old, you are probably better off with a new unit. Otherwise, you could end up with a constant flow of repairs.

How energy efficient is your air conditioner?

In addition to fewer repairs, the other way a new air conditioner can pay for itself is by increased energy efficiency.

While exactly how much you can save depends on many factors, if you have an old air conditioner, new models can be up to twice as efficient (cutting your cooling bill in half.)

Other factors

Some other things that might influence your decision to repair or replace your air conditioner may include:

  • How long are you going to be in your current home? The longer before you move to a new home, the more a new air conditioner can repay your initial investment with lower utility costs.
  • Are you okay if your air conditioner breaks? If you choose to repair your air conditioner and your unit is older, chances are it could break down again soon. Are you comfortable waiting for an available AC repairman?
  • Are there other problems that should be addressed first? If you want to upgrade to improve your efficiency, you may want to make sure you have adequate attic insulation and your ducts are correctly sized and sealed.

Get professional help

This decision is a big one. If you need help making it, give us a call. We’ll give you straightforward and honest advice. You can also schedule a free, in-home estimate online if you want to see how much a new air conditioner will cost you.