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Repair vs. Replace? Let’s Talk About Your Air Conditioning System

There are times when it is very clear that you need to repair your air conditioner, and other times when it is very clear that you need to replace it. There’s also a gray area when you may be wondering whether a repair is worth it or you should replace your unit instead. 

Our team is here to take the guesswork out of deciding between AC repair and AC replacement. You can give us a call to schedule installation or air conditioning repair in Metairie, LA. In the meantime, you can keep reading to learn more about how to decide what to do with your air conditioner as it ages.

Repairing Your Air Conditioner

Even if your air conditioner is reaching the end of its life, there may still be many times that it makes sense to invest in an AC repair instead. If your manufacturer’s warranty is still active, you definitely want to invest in repairs instead of replacing the unit. In fact, there’s a good chance that your manufacturer’s warranty will cover a portion of the repairs. Even if it doesn’t, you’re still covered if something major goes wrong through the remainder of the warranty period. 

It’s also a good idea to make repairs if they are inexpensive. It is normal for little things here and there to need replacing inside of your air conditioner. Components wear out and need to be replaced with newer pieces. You may also want to make repairs if you have a goal of getting your air conditioner through one more season before a replacement. 

We understand that purchasing a new air conditioner costs a lot of money and you may need to plan ahead. There are many cases when we can tweak your air conditioner to get you through another season so you have a year to plan ahead and save up for a new unit. 

Replacing Your Air Conditioner

If repairs begin to get up into the thousands of dollars, take a step back and pause. Have our team write up a quote for installing a new air conditioner. Are the repairs at or near 50% of that cost? If so, you probably want to invest in a replacement instead. If repairs are that expensive, chances are that something major is wrong inside of your air conditioner. 

Spending several thousand dollars might fix the problem at hand, but meanwhile the rest of your air conditioner is still older and worn from years of use. You may not get enough additional life out of the unit to make that repair worthwhile. You also want to consider the age of your air conditioner. Once your AC reaches 15 years, it’s time to begin considering a replacement.

It’s possible that your AC could last longer, even up to 20 years. You have to weigh the cost of repairs versus the potential life left in your unit. When our team completes an assessment at your home, we can help you make the determination of whether or not repairs make sense. If we think your air conditioner needs to be replaced, we can outline your options for you and help you make the best decision.

Natal’s Air Conditioning, Plumbing & Electrical. Schedule an appointment with our team today for AC repair or replacement. Service Honoring the Golden Rule.

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