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A/C Repair or Replacement – Consider This Before You Make the Call


repair, If the performance of your air conditioner was poor last summer, or if you are facing a repair, you’ll want to consider certain factors before your make the A/C repair or replacement decision. Read on to find out how to make the best decision that serves comfort and efficiency needs in your Fairfax area home.

A/C Repair or Replacement

When your A/C is on the fritz, it can really try your patience when the temperature heats up. On top of that, you may face a sizable repair bill. This is especially true if the repair involves refrigerant replacement, such as occurs with a coil or compressor repair, and your A/C system still uses the outdated and expensive refrigerant R-22 (Freon).

Following are factors to consider when facing the A/C repair or replacement dilemma:

  • A/C age – If your air conditioner is older than 10 years, you have to consider that it is approaching the end of its useful service life. Moreover, the energy savings of a new system will begin paying you back immediately. This is a better alternative than operating an older and less efficient model a few more years with the increasing risk that it will break down again.
  • Service history – If you have performed regular maintenance on the A/C, and signs indicate it will be serviceable for several more years after the repair, it may be worthwhile to hold on to your old workhorse if the repair estimate does not exceed half the cost of a new model.
  • Efficiency – New high-efficiency A/C systems offer much greater energy efficiency than systems manufactured just a decade ago. Ask your HVAC contractor to perform a return on investment (ROI) calculation for a few different models to help you compare the worth of repairing or replacing.
  • Comfort – Home comfort is king, and if the old A/C has a history of poor cooling performance, you may be happier with a new higher-efficiency model with features that will make life more comfortable.

For professional advice and an A/C repair or replacement assessment, please contact us at HVAC & Plumbing Unlimited Heating & Air Conditioning. We serve homeowners in Fairfax and the surrounding area.

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