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Should You Repair or Replace Your Air Conditioning System's Condenser Unit?

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The condenser unit is one of the most important components of your central air conditioning system. When it malfunctions, you have to make a decision on whether to replace or repair it. If your condenser unit is not working, here is what you need to know.  

Why Is the Condenser Important?

Your air conditioning system could not generate cool air without the condenser. The condenser unit is responsible for cooling down and condensing refrigerant vapor into a liquid. When this occurs, the pressure of the refrigerant is increased and then pushed through to the blower. The cooled refrigerant then travels through the evaporator and transformed to a cooled gas.  

When the condenser is malfunctioning, the refrigerant is not transformed and the air conditioning system does not cool your home any longer. Therefore, it is important that you make a decision about the condenser as soon as possible.  

Is Replacing the Condenser the Right Move?

Replacing only the condenser might seem like the right move, but it could wind up costing you more in the long run. When the condenser is new, but the rest of the air conditioning system is old, you have a mixture of parts. The mismatched parts could lead to a breakdown in the near future.  

In addition to this, there is the possibility that your warranty for the condenser could be impacted by just replacing it and not the other components of the air conditioning system. Before agreeing to the replacement, carefully read the warranty information for your condenser unit and the air conditioning system.  

Should You Replace the Entire System?

Replacing the entire air conditioning system might be the better option in most circumstances. For instance, if your system is 10 to 15 years old, replacing the system would not only resolve the condenser issue but also help you save on energy costs. Newer systems are far more energy efficient than systems that were manufactured a decade or longer ago.  

You should also consider replacing the system if there is a constant need for repairs. The repairs will only continue to add up and replacing the system could help you save. A complete replacement is also a good move if the cost of one repair is at least half the expense of repairing your system.  

Your HVAC technician can assess the condition of your condenser unit and help determine if only replacing that part of the system is the right move. He or she can also make recommendations for a new air conditioning system, if necessary. 


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