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Is it Worth it to Repair an Air Conditioner?

A common question from our Brisbane clients who have a very old air con unit is “What’s best: a brand new air con installation or air conditioning repair?”

There are several reasons to replace an AC, including the price, reliability, and efficiency rating of new units. In this article, we’ll discuss the pros and cons of repairs and how much they cost, and look at some common problems and solutions. We’ll also discuss a few things to keep in mind, like how to tell if a capacitor needs replacement.

Cost of air con repair vs. replacement

An older air conditioning system usually needs more annual service visits. The costs of each service visit can be considerable. Even simple repairs can double the cost of the service call. If the repair calls for new parts, the price goes further up. For instance, replacing a condenser fan may cost $400 or more, and the annual service call may cost more than double that amount.

If you’re paying higher energy bills every month, you might want to replace the system. Older systems often cost more to run because of their inefficient technology. In addition to paying a higher bill, your energy consumption may increase year over year and month after month. Depending on the efficiency of your current air conditioner, it may be better to replace it altogether. Ultimately, you should only make the decision if it makes financial sense.

Efficiency rating of new AC units

Modern air conditioning units require to meet minimum efficiency ratings as established by government rules and guidelines.

As a general rule, it’s fair to say that the hotter the climate, the more ‘stars’ you want your new air con to have – and we all know that Brisbane gets pretty hot and humid!

Cost of repair vs. replacement of a capacitor

When considering the repair versus replacement of a capacitor in an air conditioner, it’s important to understand that one of the most common parts to go bad is the AC capacitor. Here are some common signs that your capacitor needs replacement. First, the capacitor will make a clicking noise and the motor may not start. Second, the capacitor will produce a humming sound when it tries to start.

While you can purchase a replacement capacitor online, you should be aware that the new one may not match the old one. We strongly recommend you contact a qualified electrician and air-con specialist, who knows what they’re doing.

Reliability of a value brand air conditioner

When shopping for a new home air conditioning system, reliability should be one of your top priorities. After all, this is a major investment. But warranties aren’t the only thing to consider. A warranty gives you peace of mind. The warranties for three of the most popular value brand air conditioners cover parts and labour, but none covers the compressor. If you’re planning to purchase an AC for your new home, you’ll want to make sure to consider the warranty.

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