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AC FAQ: To Repair, or Replace?

Once the summer heat really hits, Fort Collins, CO can rapidly become an uncomfortably hot place to be. Of course, you can live in great comfort throughout even the hottest time of the year these days, so long as you have a dependable and effective air conditioning system set up in your home. If this is not the case, though, you may be wondering what your next move should be.

Many operational problems with home cooling systems are repairable, provided that you hire trained professionals to do the job. In other instances, though, your system may be beyond repair. It is not always clear cut, unfortunately, as to whether repair or replacement is your best option. That is why we have put together some information for you to consider. Contact Fort Collins Heating & Air Conditioning today to learn more about your AC repair and replacement options. 

If you have a relatively new air conditioning system, and it has broken down or is just not performing as you’d like it to, then you are probably going to opt to have it repaired. Any number of problems may affect the performance of an air conditioner, so it is necessary for an experienced professional to assess and repair your system. When inspecting matters, your AC technician may find that the problems are more pervasive than thought at first. Should your system be very new, it will likely make more sense to move ahead with repairs, though they may be substantial, as this probably still more cost effective than investing in a new AC.

In other instances, though, especially if repair needs are frequent, the cost of completing repairs may not be justified. With the money that you could save in both reduced repair needs and in increased efficiency, you can offset the initial cost of a replacement system over time. You must remember that you don’t have to wait for your system to break down entirely in order to justify a replacement, nor are all systems inherently worth repairing, even if they may still be repaired.

Finally, don’t be afraid to invest in a new air conditioner even if your old system is technically still operating proficiently. If you have an old system that is still capable of cooling your home effectively, but it does so with considerable energy expenditure resulting in high cooling costs, then replacing that system with a higher efficiency model may be preferable to continuing to run and maintain this older, inefficient model. As you can see, the decision to repair or replace an air conditioner is considerably trickier than you may have realized. Your best bet is to contact a skilled professional with the knowledge to offer his or her input on a case by case basis. Call us to do so.

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