Practical Considerations to Choosing Whether to Repair Your Air Conditioning

Even the most expensive air conditioning appliance will eventually fail, and then the decision will need to be made. Should the split system air conditioning unit be repaired or replaced? Replacing a unit too early may cost more than repairing it and replacing a unit too late may be even more expensive.

A unit that is running inefficiently can cost a lot of money, so a decision needs to be made. This is not a simple or easy question to answer for many people, but actually it is fairly simple. There are a few factors and areas to consider and with a little time it should be possible to make an informed decision. This may sound very technical, but there are some checks that even a layman can carry out.

1. How Old is the System?

One of the first things to consider is how old the system is. Many experts recommend that a split system air conditioning system should be replaced every 10 to 15 years. This can vary due to the make, model and how often it has been serviced. Obviously if the system is past this age already or approaching it, it may not be a wise decision to have it repaired. It would probably be far less costly to buy a brand new unit.

2. What is the Condition?

Does the air conditioning system work as it was intended? Does the unit have any obviously broken parts? Are there any strange or rattling noises coming from the unit? If the unit was purchased from new this may be easy to answer as any changes will be obvious. However, if the property has been recently purchased, the air conditioning system may be more of a mystery. It is a good rule of thumb that any strange noises are an indication that moving parts are rubbing against each other. In older systems, this will definitely be more expensive to repair rather than replace.

3.Where to Locate the Air Conditioner:

Another important factor to consider is where the new air conditioning unit will be located. Generally, it needs to be placed in a convenient area of the home without compromising the architectural integrity of the property. The location of the unit could also influence the energy efficiency and performance of the system, so it is important to check it will be located in the optimum location.

4. What Costs Are Involved?

When deciding whether to replace or repair one of the main factors to consider is the cost. If the existing unit is reaching the end of its lifespan, the decision should be fairly simple to make. However, what if the unit isn’t that old? It may be a better idea to have the unit serviced and perhaps change the filters. It could be that the unit just needs a little TLC to begin operating efficiently again. In order to make the best decision, it is a good idea to do a little research. Start by finding a reputable local air conditioning company and find out the cost of servicing the unit. Then look into the costs involved in the installation of a new model. It may be the case that the existing unit is has a lower specification or is a budget unit. In this case, it is likely to make good sense to upgrade to a better make or model with newer features.

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