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Right Time to Repair Your AC and Replace it

19 May 2023

When your air conditioning system breaks down all of a sudden, it may require simple repair work or you may have to replace it. Well, this can be quite tricky at times and we have compiled together some factors to consider at the time of deciding whether to replace or repair the present air conditioner. If the air conditioning unit shows any of these signs, it means there is some problem with it. 

  • Excessive vibration or noise
  • Unusual increase in power bills
  • Bad flow of air
  • Coolant leakages
  • Power up and down issues
  • Recurrent breakdowns 

Factors to decide whether you should repair or replace your AC 

How old is your air conditioner?

Unlike other electrical appliances, performance of your air conditioner deteriorates in due course. The life span of a well-maintained home aircon unit may be somewhere between 12 to 15 years, on an average depending upon several factors. Modern air conditioners are meant to last for 3 to 5 years. But if your air conditioner has already crossed 10 years mark and it is experiencing recurrent breakdowns, it is better to replace your unit. This is because the cost of repair may not be reasonable and so, purchasing a new unit will be a smarter choice. On the other hand, if your air conditioner is less than 10 years old, repairing it may be a wise option. 

What will your power bills denote? 

An air conditioner consumes more power and there are various factors which contribute to overall efficiency of your air conditioning unit. Whatever may be the case, the efficiency of your old AC will decrease over time even if you maintain it really well. If you see your power bills are increasing unnecessarily, it is important to replace the present air conditioning unit. The money you save on your electricity bills will rationalize your investment in purchasing and installing the new unit. 

What type of refrigerant your air conditioner uses? 

If you use an old air conditioning system which has R22 refrigerant, it is advisable to replace it when there are frequent or bigger breakdowns. This is because the repair cost of these systems may be extremely high and it might be more difficult to repair them. They can also leave a detrimental impact on the environment. On the other hand, the latest systems use R32 or R410A. R32 is the newest and most popular due to its higher efficiency and low GWP.

What will the cost of air conditioning repairs?

When it is about installing newer systems, the repair costs are not very high. In such cases, there is no need to replace your existing AC. But if your air conditioning unit suffers from major breakdown and repair cost seems to be very high, you might think of replacing your unit, depending upon how old it is. The cost of AC repair can be a deciding factor and our experts at London Aircon Company conducts domestic and commercial air conditioning installation and repair works at affordable pricing. 

How long do you want to stay in your present home? 

If you are planning to shift to a new house in 2 to 3 years, replacing your existing unit for a new one does not make any sense. So, repairing your old AC may be a better choice. You can think of replacing the existing AC only when you plan to stay in your house for a long time. In such cases, a new and more efficient air conditioning unit can reduce your power bills to a great extent. There will also be less chance of repairing your Ac during the initial years. 

Contact our installers at London Aircon Company for your house air conditioning installation and enjoy the benefits of a new AC in your property.