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When to Replace and When to Repair Your AC

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There comes a time in a person’s life when they are faced with a very difficult decision; should you replace or repair your AC unit? Usually air conditioning systems are relatively hassle-free, provided you do regular maintenance on your unit. However, if you feel as if your unit isn’t up to par with today’s standards then it might be time for a change. Here are a few handy guidelines to follow in terms of replacing versus repairing your AC unit, as well as how to avoid repairs that cost an arm and a leg:

Repair Versus Replacement:
You have to consider what will work best for you in the long run. You need to assess what your basic needs are and follow through from there. Replacement can be a lot more costly than repairing your unit, but it will cost less over a longer period of time than constantly spending money patching up your old unit.

Replacement Pro’s:

  • A major pro of replacing the unit is how much money you will save – the older your unit is, the more costly it is to repair it.
  • You should also consider the various implications of tax incentives.
  • Your warranty won’t be expired on a newer unit. This will save you more than a few dollars if you do have a problem.
  • The newer the system, the more advanced the technology i.e. they work really well in terms of temperature and humidity control, which ensures that fungus and mold doesn’t spread as quickly throughout your ventilation system.
  • It is a lot easier to find parts that are decently priced for newer units than it is to source parts for older units.

Repairing Your System

  • This depends on how old your system is. If it is still somewhat new then repairs are a lot cheaper than replacing the unit.
  • If you haven’t been spending money on calls every month or so to a repairman to fix your unit, repairing your unit is a lot easier on your wallet.
  • If you are moving enquire from your estate agent or landlord what the best choice of action should be.

Avoiding Expensive Repairs:
Ensure you keep up to date with regular maintenance, such as:

  • Cleaning the filters, releasing all blockages and ensuring that your condensation line is free from insects.
  • Maintaining your duct and ventilation systems.
  • Keeping up with yearly assessments of your AC unit.

When it is the right time to repair or replace your unit:

  • Always factor in the age of your unit when you are considering replacing the unit. If it is less than 5 years old – REPAIR IT. If it is more than 10 years old – REPLACE IT.
  • Upgrade (or downgrade) if your unit is too small (or too big) for the area that it is in. Having a unit that is the wrong size for the area it is in can cause your unit to overexert its capabilities and become extremely noisy or even switch off randomly.
  • If your unit can’t perform the way you need it to, when you need it to, or has constantly needed repairs, then it is time for a replacement.
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