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Should I Repair or Replace my AC?

Are you debating about whether to repair or replace your AC? It’s tempting to want to just repair it as the upfront cost of a new system and installation can be a lot. However, there are major benefits that come with replacing your AC. If you have an AC that’s on the fritz and you’re wondering whether or not you should try to repair it again or finally bite the bullet and replace it, check out what the experts have to say first. 

Repair It

Let’s first discuss the case to be made for repairing your current AC unit. Repairing your AC could be the right move in your situation.

It’s under 10 years old.

The average lifespan of an air conditioning system is 10-15 years. This range can vary depending on the make, model, type, and maintenance, but generally speaking, this is the typical lifespan. For example, central air conditioning and ductless air conditioners can last up to 20 years in some cases.

If your AC is well under the average lifespan, you’d probably be better off getting it fixed rather than replace it.

The cost of repairs is reasonable.

Another factor to consider is the cost to repair your AC. If it’s less than 10 years old and the repairs are minor, then getting it repaired is likely the better option. If, however, the repair costs would exceed 50% of the price of a new unit, it may be more cost-effective to replace the unit. 

It’s still energy efficient.

Models older than 10 years are much less efficient than newer models. But, if your AC still runs fairly efficiently, has a lot of life left in it, and the cost of repairs is reasonable, then you have no real reason to replace it. 

It doesn’t use R22 refrigerant.

Older AC units use R22 refrigerant which has been proven to contribute to ozone depletion. Therefore, it’s no longer used. If you have an air conditioner that still uses R22 refrigerant, you’re better off replacing it with a more environmentally friendly model. But, if your AC doesn’t use R22, it’s not too old, and it still serves you well, don’t worry about replacing it yet.

Replace Your Air Conditioner 

Now that you know the scenarios in which it would make more sense to repair your AC, let’s look at the criteria for replacing it. 

Here are some of the most common signs that it’s time to ditch repair and just replace your AC:

  • It’s over 15 years old.
  • It’s making weird sounds.
  • You notice strange smells.
  • It uses R22 refrigerant. 
  • It doesn’t work well.
  • You have higher energy bills.
  • It requires expensive repairs.
  • It breaks down frequently.

If your air conditioner meets more than one of these conditions, it’s likely time to replace it. While it might be a big upfront expense, it’ll save you money in energy costs and keep your home cooler and more comfortable.

Time to replace your old or inefficient air conditioner?
Call the experts at Spring Home today to get started! 

The Spring Home team has been servicing the HVAC needs of the GTA for over 20 years. Our award-winning team of licensed technicians is committed to providing our clients with service they can trust and equipment they can rely on.

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