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When to Repair vs. Replace Your Air Conditioner: Guidance from Four Seasons Air Control

Deciding whether to repair or replace your air conditioner can be challenging. Allow us to provide our expert advice to help you make the best choice for your home and budget.

Key Factors to Consider

1. Age of the Unit

  • Repair: If your AC is less than 10 years old, has been well-maintained, and has never given you any issue before, repairing the unit rather than replacing just makes more sense.

  • Replace: Is your unit over 15 years old? Does it use R-22 refrigerant? Consider replacement for better efficiency, reliability, and part/refrigerant availability.

2. Frequency of Repairs

  • Repair: Occasional minor repairs, such as minor leaks on connections, are manageable.

  • Replace: Frequent breakdowns, shut downs, major leaks and costly part replacement repairs indicate it’s time to start thinking about a new unit. If your repair bills are piling up, reaching 1/2 the price of what a new unit would cost, we strongly recommend to consider replacement.

3. Energy Efficiency

  • Repair: If your current unit is still relatively efficient, 96% and up.

  • Replace: Notice your unit is constantly running, and struggles to keep up with the temperature set? Newer models offer improved energy efficiency, leading to significant savings on energy bills.

4. Cooling Performance

  • Repair: If your AC generally cools effectively but has a minor issue, such as a noisy fan blade, its worth investing in its repair.

  • Replace: If the system struggles to maintain a comfortable temperature, even after a repair, we recommend you consider replacing it.

5. Cost of Repairs

  • Repair: If the cost of repair is less than 50% of the cost of a new unit.

  • Replace: If repairs are more than half the cost of a new AC, replacement might be more economical.

Benefits of Replacement

  • Improved Efficiency: Modern units are more energy-efficient, reducing long-term energy costs.

  • Enhanced Comfort: New systems offer better temperature control and air quality.

  • Warranty Protection: New units come with warranties, reducing future repair costs.

When to Opt for Repairs

  • Minor Issues: Small, infrequent problems can often be fixed easily.

  • Under Warranty: If your unit is under warranty, repairs might be covered, minimizing costs.

Why Choose Four Seasons Air Control?

With over 30 years of experience, we've just about seen it all. Four Seasons Air Control has built a lasting reputation on offering expert diagnostics and honest advice to help our clients decide whether to repair or replace their air conditioners. Our skilled technicians provide reliable repair services and offer top-quality replacement options tailored to your needs.

We understand that can be a difficult call to make, without the proper information to guide you. Making the right decision about your air conditioner can save you money, headache and ensure your home remains comfortable. Four Seasons Air Control can help support and guide you through the process. Contact us today for an over the phone or in person consultation, to explore your options.

For more information on our services and to get a free quote, visit Four Seasons Air Control.

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