Repairing Versus Replacing Your Old Air Conditioning Unit

When your air conditioning breaks down, the first thought that probably runs through your mind is: Will I be able to get it fixed, or will I have to purchase a new system?

It is usually less expensive to repair the unit than replace it. However, there are a few factors to consider before deciding whether to repair or replace. For example: the age of your air conditioning system. Remember that your air conditioning unit has an estimated service life of 10 to 15 years. Fixing an air conditioning unit that should otherwise be replaced, may just be a temporary solution and can cost you more money in the end.

Here are several factors to consider before making a decision:

1. The cost to repair versus the cost of purchase and installation.
2. The extent of the energy inefficiency of the old unit.
3. Some units’ repair parts may have been discontinued or are soon to be unavailable in the market.
4. The time that it will take to recover the cost difference between repairing and replacing, considering that older units use up to 50% more fuel/electricity than new high efficiency units.
5. Is another breakdown expected in the near future or is the repair going to keep the unit running for a long period of time?
6. Consider the benefits expected from the new unit; such as tax credits and/or rebates.

If you want to schedule a routine maintenance, repair or replace your air conditioning equipment; Hauser Air will provide a load calculation for your home or business to ensure that you have the proper sized unit.