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Is It Better To Repair or Replace a Broken AC?

Summers in Southeast Michigan can feel extremely uncomfortable without reliable air conditioning. When your cooling system isn't working, your options are air conditioning repair and replacement.

An expert AC repair technician can discuss your options with you and help you decide if air conditioning replacement is necessary based on the age of the unit, refrigerant type, energy efficiency, and other factors.

System Age

With proper care and maintenance, most modern air conditioners will provide reliable operation for 12 to 15 years or sometimes longer. Replacement is usually the better option if you have a malfunctioning system nearing the higher end of this range.

Older units are prone to failure and likely require significant and ongoing repairs to keep them operational. They will also operate less efficiently than a new air conditioner.

R-22 Refrigerant

R-22 Freon is a type of refrigerant that's becoming increasingly expensive and difficult to find. It's no longer produced or imported to the United States in favor of Puron refrigerant, which is more environmentally friendly.

While it is possible to convert an R-22 system, it's not easy, nor is it worth the effort. If you have a system that requires R-22, now is the right time to replace your air conditioner with a cleaner, safer alternative that uses Puron.

Energy Efficiency

The energy efficiency of your air conditioner will gradually decline as it ages. The older the system, the more accelerated this decline becomes.

With utility bills guaranteed to increase steadily over time, your old air conditioner will cost you more to operate each year. It will also struggle to deliver the comfort you desire, negatively affecting your safety, health, and quality of life.

For many homeowners, replacing an old air conditioner with a modern, more energy-efficient replacement is a cost-effective investment that will pay for itself over the unit's life span.

Expensive Repairs

Some components are relatively easy and inexpensive to repair, but that's not the case for most air conditioner components. The air compressor is the most expensive to repair, followed by the condenser and evaporator.

A good rule of thumb is that if any repair exceeds 50% of the replacement cost, it's best to replace your air conditioner rather than repair it.


Constantly needing to schedule air conditioning repair can be frustrating and time-consuming. If your air conditioner is prone to problems and is no longer covered by a warranty, it's best to cut your losses and replace the unit.

In the end, the time and money invested in replacing the system will give you the peace of mind and home comfort you deserve.

Depend On AAA Service Network for Expert AC Services in Southeast Michigan 

At AAA Service Network, your comfort and safety are the top priorities. We provide a full range of air conditioner installation, repair, and maintenance services for homeowners and businesses in Southeast Michigan.

When you entrust our team of trained experts with your HVAC system, you'll always enjoy personalized recommendations that address all your comfort needs. When you schedule with AAA Service Network, you can expect financing options and reliable emergency HVAC services.

We're happy to answer your questions to help you make the best decision for your comfort, budget, and desired energy efficiency.

Contact AAA Service Network or call (517) 548-5040 for more information about air conditioner repair and replacement in Southeast Michigan.

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