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To Replace or Repair an Air Conditioning Unit?

When you’re faced with the question of whether to repair or replace your heating and air conditioning unit, there are a few things to consider. This information will help you make the best decision for your situation. Also remember that your Brewair cooling technician can have a closer look and give you advice.

Most units will last between 8 to 12 years, after that point they become expensive to repair and begin to break down more often. Also parts are sometimes discontinued which causes them to be more unavailable or expensive. Consider the age of your equipment and if a unit is 8 to 12+ years old it is nearing the end of its life expectancy. (Note: You can add at least four years onto this number if you’ve had it regularly maintained by an air conditioning technician during this time!)

Even if you completely repair an old unit (which can be expensive to do), you will still only have the efficiency that it was rated for when it was manufactured, at best. Newer unit efficiencies, due to constant improvement and increasing government-imposed energy standards, have greatly improved over the past 20 years. In most cases, installing a new heating and air conditioning system can pay for itself in energy savings within a relatively short period of time.

The condition of your unit is the third factor to consider. Take into account the quality of your current unit, number of breakdowns you’ve experienced, and how often your unit has been maintained. If you have not maintained your unit and breakdowns are frequent, replacement should be a serious consideration. In this situation, no matter what the skill of the air conditioning technician, there is little that can be done.

So when you need to make a decision to repair or replace your heating and/or air conditioning system, make sure to consider all of these factors.

Contact us if you have any questions regarding your air conditioning system.

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