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Air Conditioning: Replace Or Repair?


Air conditioning units need repair from time to time, but how do you know a repair is all that it needs? Depending on its age, the short-term costs to repair might outweigh the long-term cost to replace.

Energy Efficiency
A malfunctioning AC system is not energy efficient at all. If one part or piece is damaged then the entire system will suffer. When this happens it will cost you more money per month for you energy bills while also adding extra wear and tear to the unit itself.

Technological Advancement
Depending on if they are well maintained, AC units will last anywhere from ten to twenty years. Once yours has aged into this timeframe, a new one should be considered. The AC units of today are obviously more advanced than the units of yesteryear so the newer technology will allow them to be more efficient.

Total Cost
If your unit is only a few years old then a simple repair shouldn’t break the bank too bad. However, if the unit is over ten years old and there is more than one thing that needs to be fixed, then it’s time to think long-term. Will these repairs allow the AC unit to work for years to come — or is this a temporary fix? When you purchase a new unit you won’t have to worry about repairs for a few years and you will save on your monthly utility bills.

No matter if you decide to replace or repair, one thing remains constant — your decision can’t wait until summer! Waiting until the first heat wave of the year could be a disastrous decision! Instead, pick up the phone and contact the professionals at Tri-City Appliance, Heating & Cooling. To learn more, or to schedule an appointment, give us a call at (203) 303-5700.