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Repair or Replace: What is Right for Your Airconditioner?

Every homeowner will face the decision to repair or replace their HVAC system at one point or another. The question of repair versus installing a new system is a big one and deserves quite a bit of consideration. In fact, there are quite a few factors that should be considered to ensure you make the right decision.


One of the first and most important considerations is the cost. What is a better financial option – to repair or replace? In some cases, air conditioner installation pays off, financially speaking – particularly in terms of fewer repair expenses and lower utility bills. Still, there are some cases when it just doesn’t make sense to have an entirely new system installed. With a bit of TLC you may be able to get a few more efficient years out of your existing HVAC system.

Considering the following factors will help you make an educated decision regarding whether it is time to repair or replace your HVAC system.


It is a good idea to call in a service like to provide you with an estimate for the replacement of your unit. When you receive an estimate, you will know for sure what the upfront costs will be. You will then be able to make an educated decision regarding if it makes financial sense to repair your existing system or install a new one.






Is your existing system over 15 years old? If it is, you should begin to think about replacement. However, keep in mind that there are a number of HVAC systems – if properly maintained – that can last as long as 20 years. With this being said, these systems will usually require more maintenance work. You have to consider if it makes sense to go ahead and install a new system and minimize the short-term repairs – to continue to get as much use as possible out of the aging unit.


What is the efficiency level of your existing HVAC system? Do you have one that boasts the higher SEER (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio) ratings that the newer systems offer? If not, then you may not be getting the very best performance for your dollar. If you install a newer, higher efficiency system, it will likely have a positive impact on your utility costs and offer you a greater level of indoor comfort.

By taking the time to get some professional help, you will be able to get your new unit installed in no time.


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