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Should I Repair or Replace My AC Unit?

If your air conditioner won’t turn on, wastes energy, or just doesn’t cool the building like it used to, you may be wondering whether to repair or replace it. While professional repairs often address the root of the problem and get the unit fully functioning again, some units are too old or too damaged to be fixed. If you’re not sure whether you should repair your device or just get a new one entirely, consider:

Air Conditioner Age

The longer you have had the air conditioner, the more likely it is that a full replacement will be worthwhile. This is primarily true because of opportunity costs. The older your unit is, the more advanced the new devices on the market will be in comparison to it. Holding onto the old unit thus forces you to forego savings in energy, improved climate control, and a wide variety of other benefits you will receive from more advanced technologies. In addition, older devices have had more time to accumulate rust, dirt, debris, and other sources of damage, making future problems more likely.

Repair Costs

Besides the age of your air conditioner, it is also important to consider how much it would cost to fix it. It only makes sense to repair it if the cost of those repairs are significantly less than the price of a new unit. The closer the two costs are, the worse an investment it is to repair the old unit.

Repair Frequency

Even if the cost of a single repair is low, you should also think about how often your AC unit has needed repairs in the past. If you find yourself repairing it every year or even every few months, it is likely to have a more serious problem that is causing it to break. Thus even if individual repair costs are low, the total maintenance price is high, warranting a replacement.

If you need an air conditioner or furnace repair, contact the team at AJR Heating, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration today.

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