Air ConditioningRepair or Replace a Faulty Air Conditioner?

July 10, 2017


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Kansas summers are hot and muggy, and we’re right in the middle of yet another scorching July here in the heartland. Your household air conditioner becomes as important as your electrical or plumbing system in conditions like these, and you need your system to run all day every day in many cases just to stay on top of the heat.

If you have an older air conditioner that suffers a breakdown in the middle of the summer, you have a decision to make. Is repairing the existing system the best way to go, or should you invest that money in a new system instead of wasting it on an air conditioner that is likely on its last legs regardless? Only the homeowner can make that call, and every case is different. However, there are some reliable signs that can help steer you in the right direction. By using them as a guideline, it can assist you in making the right call.

Start with the Warranty

Every air conditioner comes with a warranty, which usually lasts from 8 to 12 years starting from the purchase of the unit. (That number can vary in some cases.) As long as the warranty is still in effect, it’s usually a good idea to repair the system rather than replace it, since the warranty covers any existing components that need to be replaced. (Thus, you only need to pay for the cost of labor, which lowers the price of the repair job considerably.)

Even if the warranty has expired, you still might do better with repairing the system rather than replacing it, especially if the system has been regularly serviced and maintained over its life. If the warranty has expired, however, and the costs involved are more than you feel the system is worth, then replacement might be preferable to repairs.

What Kind of Costs?

Costs involved with an air conditioning system usually entail one or the two following categories:

  • Repair Costs: In some cases, a given repair may be costlier than you feel the system is worth, and if a single repair call gets too expensive, you might do better investing that money in a new system. The same principle holds true for less expensive repair jobs, if breakdowns are coming more frequently than you’d like. (Say if the system requires more than two repair jobs in a single 12-month period.) That usually means the system is too worn to continue, and replacement is necessary.
  • Monthly Costs: Speaking of worn systems, an older air conditioner often has to grapple with wear and tear as its components slowly wear out. That means reduced efficiency and increasingly higher monthly energy bills as the system works harder and harder to do its job. Eventually, the costs of running such an inefficient system make replacement necessary just to give your monthly budget a break.

Regardless of whether you need the air conditioner repaired or replaced in your Lenexa, KS home, the friendly professionals at MVP Electric, Heating & Cooling are standing by to help. Call us today to set up an appointment!

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