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Is it Better to Repair or Replace Your Air Conditioner?

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If your cooling system breaks down, you’ll need to decide whether to repair or replace your air conditioner. While some people opt to continually repair the system, thinking it’s the more affordable option, there are times where it actually makes more sense to upgrade. Before making a decision, take into consideration the age of the system, warranties and previous maintenance.

Age of the System
Most air conditioners last between 10 and 12 years. If your cooling system is older than a decade—it’s probably time to think about upgrading. As systems age, they begin to experience more issues and you could be calling for service more often—which can quickly add up in repair costs.

Manufacturer Warranties
Air conditioners come with manufacturer warranties that can cover the cost of certain replacement parts; however, they only last for a certain amount of time. If you require repairs after the warranty ends, you’ll need to pay for new parts out-of-pocket. When upgrading your air conditioner, your new cooling system will be protected with a manufacturer warranty—and if paired with an HVAC protection plan—you’ll have added peace-of-mind should anything occur.

Air Conditioner Maintenance
To operate efficiently and reliably, a cooling system needs to be professionally maintained every year. Without an annual inspection and tune-up, you could run into significant problems that could cause a complete system breakdown. If your AC system has been neglected and is now not working, the underlying problems could be expensive to fix and it might be more affordable to replace your air conditioner.

If you’re considering replacing your air conditioner,
contact one of our cooling specialists to schedule your free, no-obligation quote.

Harding Heating & Air Conditioning has been Ottawa’s leading home comfort specialists for over 20 years. We’re proud to offer the highest quality air conditioner installation and service with an expert team of fully licensed installers and technicians.

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