April 30, 2019

How to determine if you should replace your AC unit or fix it?

If you have a malfunctioning AC unit, you usually have two options. You either need to repair it or you have the opportunity to replace it. Both options have their own pros and cons. But it all comes down to the situation and what type of problems you are dealing with. Here are some tips to focus on.

When should you repair your AC unit?

Normally repairing the AC unit is a very good idea if you just have a small issue. This can be things like having a blown fuse if an electrical component is malfunctioning or anything similar to that. Small problems like this can easily be solved by a contractor. And most of the time they won’t be that expensive either. So if you want to handle this type of issue, it will be very affordable and inexpensive to say the least.

If there are freon or water leaks, you should also repair the unit. That is, unless the repair costs are astronomical and close to what a new unit would cost. But if this is just something related to a leak, you will have no problem with it and results will be great in the end.

The same thing happens with bad odors. Usually, these odors are related to filter problems. Even if you have an inaccurate thermostat, that can be solved via a repair and there’s no need for a complete replacement.

In case there’s not a lot of air coming out of the vents, then you might need to change the compressor.

Depending on the unit a compressor will be very expensive or rather affordable. Studying the costs will let you know if you need to replace the entire unit or just the compressor.

When should you get a new AC unit to replace the old one?

Ideally, you want to replace your AC unit when it’s over 15 years old. Just like any other product, the AC unit will start malfunctioning more and more as time goes by. Not only that, but the technology it uses becomes outdated after more than a decade. So it makes a lot of sense to replace the AC after a decade and a half.

The same thing happens when the current unit malfunctions often and the repair costs are huge. At this point, the only thing you can do is to purchase a new AC unit, as you will end up cheaper than just constantly paying for repairs all the time. It’s also a good idea to find a replacement if the energy bills
are rising when you are using your air conditioning unit too.

We encourage you to use these tips whenever you want to replace or repair your AC unit. It’s not always going to be easy to obtain the best results, but take your time, and you will be very happy with the outcome. It’s a great opportunity to take your time and actively figure out what solution is more affordable. Use our tips listed above, and you won’t have a problem finding the right option based on your needs!