When our technicians go to homes to look over malfunctioning air conditioners, a question that they frequently receive is, “Can you fix the AC so we don’t have to replace it?” Often times the answer is “yes.” Sometimes it’s “no.” And other times it hovers in-between: “We can repair it, but it’s probably a better choice to have the air conditioner replaced.”
We’re going to look into the three answers to better explain what air conditioning repair can and cannot achieve and those times when it’s better to arrange to replace the system.
Yes, we can fix it!
Our technicians are glad to help repair your air conditioner if the malfunction doesn’t show that the system is suffering from long-term strain that will soon mean additional breakdowns. For example, air conditioners around 4 to 5 years old can often start to lose refrigerant due to leaks along the refrigerant lines caused by chemicals in the air. This is a basic fix, and it should get the AC back to work for another 4 to 5 years, which is definitely worth the price of the repair.
No, you’ll need to replace the system
If you have an air conditioner that’s more than 15 years old, it has a higher likelihood of experiencing a permanent breakdown due to all the wear and tear on it. For example, if the compressor burns out from years of stress, the only repair that may be effective is to replace the whole compressor. This is so expensive that you’ll be better off replacing the system instead.
We can fix it, but in this case a replacement is your better option
Older air conditioner can often receive a patch job from a repair technician and continue to work for a few months or a year before encountering problems again. If the technician determines that this is the case, or they calculate that the repair cost is more than half the price for a full replacement, they’ll advise you to skip the repairs and go with a replacement. At this point, the deterioration of the AC has probably already reduced efficiency, meaning you’ll waste money each time you turn it on.
Call Brilliant Electric Heating & Cooling for air conditioning service in Arlington Heights, IL. We’ll provide you with an honest assessment about whether you should replace your AC or not.