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Should I Repair or Replace My Air Conditioner?

As air conditioners age, moving parts will eventually wear out. When they wear out, they eventually become less effective until they break down. If your system stops working, you’ll be faced with a choice: do you simply repair the problem and keep your system working, or do you make the larger but possibly more prudent investment and replace your air conditioner entirely?

At Phoenix Air Conditioning, LLC, we realize that this is a big question for homeowners – let us help you make an educated decision about which is the choice for you.

Questions to Consider Before You Repair or Replace Your Air Conditioner

How Old Is Your AC System?

When you’re debating whether to repair or replace your system, the first thing you should consider is the age of your current system. A system will generally last about 15 to 20 years when properly cared for, so if your system is within that age range, odds are you’ll probably need to replace it soon. If it’s older than 20 years, it’s almost certainly not worth repairing. Conversely, if your system is less than 10 years old, you probably have several years of life left in it.

Likewise, the age of your system will also have a lot to do with the technology used in it. All systems built after the year 2010 are no longer allowed to use old Freon refrigerant, so repairing an older unit will cost more since you’ll have to locate recycled Freon. Older systems are also difficult to find replacement parts for, so their replacement cost could also be higher.

How Much Is It Costing to Run Your AC?

The next thing to consider is how much your system costs to run when working properly. Technology has advanced so substantially over the last decade that an air conditioner that’s just 8-10 years old could be using as much as twice the energy of a modern comparable unit.

Systems built in the 1980s, 90s, and early 2000’s use far more electricity to do the same job as a modern system. You should strongly consider whether or not it’s more beneficial to simply invest in an entirely new system. The amount you save on your energy bills could help your investment pay for itself.

Are You Spending a Lot on Costly Repairs?

Like all appliances, your air conditioning system will need some routine maintenance from time to time. However, if your AC is in constant need of repairs, consider purchasing a new system. Frequent repairs can add up over time, so investing in a new AC could save you money.

Is Your System Producing Inconsistent Temperatures?

Temperature inconsistencies occur for a variety of reasons. Your air conditioning system may be malfunctioning due to poor insulation, or perhaps there are issues in the ductwork. Whatever the reason, if you’re experiencing temperature inconsistencies in your home, it may be time to invest in a new system. Temperature inconsistencies are almost always indicative of a bigger issue with your AC, so it is a great idea to have an experienced technician take a look at your system.

Do You Suffer From Allergies?

Are you suffering from severe allergies in your own home? If so, a new air conditioner may actually help. Some modern air conditioning systems have built-in allergy-fighting features, such as air scrubbers and better filters.

Do You Want to Manage Your AC From Anywhere?

If you always seem to forget to turn off your air conditioner or you travel often, you may want to choose a new system that’s Wi-Fi enabled, allowing you to adjust your system with the touch of a button while you’re anywhere in the world.

Call Phoenix Air Conditioning, LLC Today!

At Phoenix Air Conditioning, LLC, the comfort of your home is our #1 priority. If you’re experiencing issues with your air conditioning system, contact us today. Our trained technicians will diagnose and assess any underlying issues with your AC and can help you determine if it’s the right time to invest in a new system.

Whether you wish to schedule a repair or replacement, the Palm Beach County air conditioning experts at Phoenix Air Conditioning, LLC can help! Call us today at 888.660.4337 to schedule your appointment.