Talking About Air Conditioners

When Do You Need Air Conditioning Repair Vs. Replacement?

Air conditioning repair and air conditioning replacement are two ways to fix your air conditioner. The difference between them is important, but it's not always easy to tell which one you need. This guide will help you understand when each option is appropriate and how they differ from one another. 

Signs You Need AC Repair

If you notice any of the following signs, it's time to call in an AC repair technician:

  • Strange noises — If your air conditioner is making strange noises or if there are unusual sounds coming from inside your unit, this could be a sign that something is wrong with it.
  • Weak airflow — If you feel like there isn't enough cool air coming out of your vents, then there might be something wrong with either the compressor or fan motor inside of your unit--both of which are necessary for the proper operation of an AC system.
  • Inconsistent temperatures throughout the house (or room) — If one room feels colder than another despite having set all thermostats at the same temperature setting, then there may be an issue with how much heat is being produced by each ductless mini-split system within each room and/or home zone; this would require a professional diagnosis before any repairs can be made on individual systems because some problems could stem from wiring issues rather than mechanical ones (e.g., refrigerant leaks).

Signs You Need Air Conditioning Replacement

If your air conditioning system requires frequent repairs or inefficient cooling, then it could be time for a new unit.

Another sign that it might be time for AC repair vs replacement? If the technology in your home has changed since installation (e.g., if you've added insulation or switched out windows), but the original unit hasn't been upgraded accordingly--this can lead to ineffective performance as well as higher energy bills.

What to Consider When Deciding Between AC Repair or Replacement

When you're considering whether to repair or replace your air conditioner, there are several factors to consider including the following:

  • Unit age
  • Cost
  • Energy efficiency 
  • Warranty


Knowing when to repair or replace an AC unit is important. If you are experiencing minor symptoms in a newer unit, getting your unit repaired might be the best option. However, if you have a unit that's still working, but it's getting old and needs repairs, it may be time for a new system. In addition, if your system is not functioning at all and cannot be repaired, then replacing it with a new one is probably your best option.

Contact an air conditioning repair technician to learn more.