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Should you repair or replace your old AC?

Should you repair or replace your old Air Conditioner?

Is your air conditioner starting to behave in unexpected ways? Is it making a lot of noise? Is it taking too long to heat or cool your home? In this post, we will walk you through some of the important factors to consider when it comes to air conditioner repairs.

Factors to Consider

Age of system.

Under 5 Years. (Repair)

  • More efficient.
  • Under warranty.
  • Current standards.


Over 5 Years. (Replace)

  • Less efficient.
  • Increased repair costs.
  • Obsolete freon refrigerant.

The extent of the problems.

Minor. (Repair)

  • Drain line clogs.
  • Electrical problems.
  • Broken or loose ductwork.

Extensive. (Replace)

  • Failing compressor.
  • Condenser coils.
  • A blower or noisy motor.

Cost of the air conditioner repairs.

More than 50% of the cost of buying a new unit. (Repair)

Don’t spend good money on replacing your unit while the warranty will still cover the repairs.

More than 50% of the cost of buying a new unit. (Replace)

Although it may seem pricey, a new high-end unit is more efficient and will save you money over time.

Frequency of air conditioner repairs.

Less than 2 repairs over 5 years. (Repair)

Repairing your air conditioner will be a good move only if regularly scheduled maintenance has been done over a period of 5 years.

3 or more major repairs. (Replace)

Regularly scheduled maintenance has not been done.

Size of the unit.

Too big or too small.

Is your unit too big for your home? Expect constant and costly inefficiencies and even premature failure.

Just right.

Ensure the unit fits the size of your home so that it runs at peak performance and lasts longer.

These factors will help you make the right decisions and save you money in air conditioner repairs that might not be worth it in the long run.

Have a look at our E-Cool range and find the right unit for your home. Our units come with a 5-year warranty and a FREE wall bracket worth R300.

Till next time.


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