If you’ve got an aging air conditioner, you may be breathing a sigh of relief when the summer ends around. You made it through another summer with the old unit! But depending on the climate in your area, you could still experience a breakdown during a brutal week of Indian summer. Then you’ll need to decide whether to repair or replace the air conditioner.

So, how do you go about making that decision to repair or replace the air conditioner? How can you tell when a piece of equipment has outlived its useful life? Can you get your older unit to last another couple of years by fixing it? Or will you have to continue putting money into it?

You need to understand the facts of the situation. Then you can make the most informed decision to repair or replace the air conditioner. Here’s a couple of things to consider:

  • WHAT’S BROKEN? – Some problems, even though they may seem serious, are actually easy and relatively inexpensive to fix. Electrical issues often fall into this category. And if your system is making so much noise that you’re afraid it’s about to die, the news may not be as bad as you think. You may just need some maintenance or redesign work.
  • SYSTEM AGE – Most light commercial air conditioning units are designed to last about 15 to 20 years under optimal conditions. However, if you have a rooftop or other outdoor unit, you don’t have optimal conditions. If your outdoor air conditioner has been exposed to harsh pollution for more than 10 years, it may not be worth making a large investment in repairs at this point.

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