There are many factors when trying to decide if you should repair or replace your air conditioning system.
Repair Cost: If you have had trouble with your air conditioning system, how much will it cost to repair it? Major components such as a failed compressor or a leaking system can be quite costly. Before getting any costly repair work done, I recommend getting an estimate for a new system. Estimates for new systems are free. You can then use a cost comparison for the repair vs a new unit. I also recommend speaking to your trusted technician. If the repair needed on your unit is a minor one and you have had no major issues with the unit, many contractors would recommend preforming the minor repair. It is important to make sure you are educated on the overall condition of your system and the repair that is being suggested to you. Ask your contractor questions about the repair being done. The more you know about your system, the better decisions you can make.
Age: Is your air conditioner towards the upper end of system expectancy? Manufactures state that the average air conditioner lasts between 10-15 years. If your air conditioner is anywhere in end of expectancy age range it would be a good idea to start budgeting for a new unit. Get a tune-up and cleaning done on your air conditioner by a qualified technician in the spring season. As a homeowner, you will be will informed of the health of your system and you will be able to make education decisions on your unit.
For more information about repairing or replacing your air conditioner, contact a qualified HVAC contractor.