Should Your Old AC System be Repaired or Replaced?

One of the most expensive decisions homeowners have to make is when it is better to replace, rather than repair their air conditioning system. There are numerous factors that need to be taken into consideration. When your air conditioner is not working properly, and it is time for you to figure out whether you should repair or replace, your air conditioning replacement Kissimmee contractor can help you decide.


The average life expectancy of a typical unit is between 10 to 15 years. Of course, with proper maintenance, this can be extended. However, aging systems tend not operate as efficiently as they did when new. Therefore, a homeowner with an older system could expect a reduction of at least 30 percent in their utility usage by replacing their system with a newer, more efficient unit instead of repairing the one they have. In some cases, this could be enough to justify the decision to replace.

Another reason why the age of your current system is so important is whether or not it uses R 22 Freon as it is being phased out by the federal government. As a result, the costs are rising. Therefore, if your air conditioner uses Freon, you will have to eventually replace it to switch over to the new refrigerant. So, if you are having major problems with your air conditioner, especially if they involve the need for more Freon, you should probably replace your unit.

Cost of Repairs

The other primary consideration is which is more cost-effective. For example, if your system is more than 10 years old and will cost more than $800 to repair you should look into replacement because repairs will continue to add up over your years of ownership and $200 here and $600 next year adds up. Additionally, you could decide to replace when the cost of repairs approaches 50% of the value of your heating or cooling system or take the cost of repairs and multiply by the age of your system. If it is more than $5000, then it is time to look at a new system.

There are many factors to consider when choosing a new unit. For the most comprehensive knowledge and assistance, call the air conditioning replacement Kissimmee experts. They have been keeping Florida cool for over 20 years.


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