Air Conditioning Repair Vs Replacing: Which one you Should Consider?

by | May 7, 2014 | Heating and Air Conditioning


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Air conditioning units regulate the amount of heat in your home by cooling the air and controlling the humidity. They improve the level of comfort in both residential and commercial places. This technology includes heating, cooling, de-humidification, humidification, cleaning, ventilation, or air movement that modifies the condition of the indoor air.

Most air conditioning systems have a lifespan of about 10 to 20 years. When your AC unit becomes old, its efficiency normally goes down, which means that it now uses more energy that it used to by running harder than before. When you notice these changes, then it is time to decide whether to repair or replace. Here are some of the factors to consider when making that decision:

Cost of repair

Costs of maintaining and repairing older equipment can be very high. This is because, they are less energy efficient and prone to constant breakdowns. Experts advise that if the cost of repair is more than 30 percent of what you would use to purchase new equipment then the best option would be to replace with a new one

Energy efficiency

Older A/Cs are less energy-efficient than new ones. The older the equipment, the more energy it uses which has a significant effect on your energy bills. Replacing this equipment with more efficient equipment would save you a significant amount in terms of bills.

The age of the equipment

The older the equipment, the more the need for constant repairs due to breakdowns. When this happens, replacing the equipment would be more preferable.

Equipment performance

Comfort in the home means everything and when your air conditioning unit is not performing sufficiently to your comfort then repairing it does not make sense. Replacing it might be the best option.


This is an important factor in deciding whether to replace or repair. If your warranty has expired, it might be very costly to repair the equipment constantly. But if the warranty is still valid, to repair the equipment makes is better.

Long-term comfort and savings

Investing in a new air conditioning unit increases the value of your home especially if you plan to stay for a long period. It would also save you energy as well as cost in the long run.


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