One common dilemma many homeowners with air conditioning face is determining when it's best to repair instead of replace a broken air conditioning unit. Here are five reasons you should definitely have the air conditioner repaired instead of replaced:
- The AC is Under Warranty: When you install a new air conditioner in your home, it usually comes with a ten-year warranty. Whenever there are problems within these first ten years, it's definitely best to have it repaired instead of replaced. After all, most damages are covered under the warranty, which means you don't have to pay out of pocket for the repairs that are needed.
- The AC Hasn't Needed Repairs Before: If this is the first time you are having a problem with your air conditioning, it's probably better to have the repairs done. This means that your air conditioning is still in good shape and is likely still going to last for years after the repairs are done.
- The Repairs are Affordable: If repairs are going to cost much less than it would to replace it, then it's definitely worth having the repairs done just to save some money. If the repairs are going to cost more than half of what it would cost to replace it, then, at this point, you may want to consider replacement.
- The Air Conditioner is Less Than 12 Years Old: Air conditioners have a life expectancy of at least 15 years, so if your air conditioner is significantly younger than this, then you will want to have the repairs done in order to extend its lifespan. However, this may not be the case if you haven't been maintaining the air conditioner, in which case, the repairs are probably only worth it if the air conditioner is less than 6 years old.
- You Haven't Had to Replace the Coolant: Sometimes, homeowners will discover that the problem with their air conditioning is that they need to replace the coolant. The problem with paying for replacement coolant is that there is likely soon to be more repairs that need to be done in the near future since poor coolant causes problems with air conditioning parts. If you haven't had to deal with replacing the coolant, then you can have the AC repaired without having to worry too much about more repairs to come in the near future.
When you know these five reasons to repair your air conditioner instead of replace it, you can be sure that you make the right financial choice.