Do I Need to Replace My Air Conditioner, Or Can I Repair it?

Ultimately this question is best answered with a consultation from a qualified HVAC contractor, but there are some general rules that can help guide your conversation. Depending on the age, how often your system runs and your home’s design you could be better off replacing rather than repairing it. If the problem is something simple and inexpensive like a failed part, you are much better off repairing it. However, if the contractor tells you there’s a refrigerant leak or the compressor needs to be replaced you should weigh the cost-benefit options of replacing the whole system versus paying for costly repairs. You will also need to consider what type of refrigerant your current system has, which is likely Freon (R-22) since it is being phased out in favor of a more efficient and environmentally friendly refrigerant, R410A. It could be costlier in the long term to continue servicing a system with the out-of-date refrigerant.