Air Conditioning Equipment: Repair or Replace?
Published: December 4, 2009
If you're deciding whether to repair or replace central air conditioning equipment, assess the quality of your house's ductwork and insulation first.
If your air conditioner is more than eight years old, repair is probably not worth the expense, unless it's a simple problem like debris clogging the condenser unit or a worn fan belt. Still, to best weigh your repair-or-replace decision, ask your contractor to assess not just the condition of your existing equipment, but also the ducts that deliver the cool air and the overall quality of the insulation in your house. Improving those elements might increase the effectiveness of the system as much…