Repair or Replace Your Air Conditioner?

Repair or Replace Your Air Conditioner

When to Repair or Replace the Air Conditioner

No one wants the summer heat to get in the way of enjoying all the activities that can be done only in summer. Therefore, if you have air-conditioning system that you think is not functioning properly, this is the time to either replace or repair. Here is a guide to help you decide whether your central air unit should be repaired or replaced.

A/C Unit’s Age

The age of your air conditioner is a major criterion for whether to replace or repair. Air conditioners that are more than 10 years old should be replaced. This is because older models tend to be less energy-efficient. Manufacturers nowadays tend to increase the competitiveness of their products by making HVAC systems that are more energy-efficient. Today people are increasingly environmental-conscious and embrace products that help them save energy costs. Additionally, if your central heating and air system was manufactured before the year 2006, it is possible that it does not meet the minimum federal requirements.

Cost of Repairs

Some HVAC professionals recommend that you use the 5,000 rule where you multiply the age of your air conditioning with the cost of repair. If the amount exceeds $5,000, it is an indication that the system needs to be replaced not repaired. However, if the total is less than $5,000, you can go ahead and have that air conditioner replaced. Others recommend that you use the 50% rule to determine whether to repair or replace your air conditioner. With this rule, you simply add up all the costs incurred in repairing the system. If they are 50% or more of the air conditioner's value, you should have it replaced. However, if the total is nowhere near 50%, repairing the air conditioning will do just fine.


You will need to repair your air conditioner if it suddenly starts producing noise and unusual odor. Also, if you feel that the air in your house is warm despite your HVAC system running, you should have your HVAC professional repair it. However, if the noise is excessive or there is uneven temperature in the air in your house, replacing the air conditioner is the best option. Air conditioners should also be replaced is the breakdowns are frequent and has noticeable leaks.

After you have determined whether to repair or replace your air conditioner, ensure that you only use an HVAC professional to handle your investment. Ardmore Fresh Air is a reputable air conditioning company that provides repairs, maintenance, and installation services.

Call us today at (847) 792-1019 and talk to one of our expert HVAC professionals for further guidance on whether to replace or repair your air conditioner.

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