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Can I Replace Just the Outside Portion of My AC?

The outside portion of your air conditioner is done for. It’s served you well these last several years, but your technician tells you that repairing the broken down condenser is not possible or that it is just not worth the cost with a high risk of failure later on. It’s time to replace the outside condenser, but do you have to replace the indoor unit as well? It’s tough to say.

When replacing only one part of the system is a good option

Often, a technician will recommend that you replace both the inside and outside portions of the air conditioner, but there are some exceptions to this. For example, if the air conditioner is relatively new and under warranty, your manufacturer may provide you with a new completely compatible unit at little or no cost. Because the unit is identical to the existing system, and because it is still designed to work with the inside portion that is already in place, it should work properly.

Why replacing the whole system is usually a better option

However, with older systems, it’s generally a better idea to replace the entire system at once. The inside and outside portions of your AC system were designed to work together. In an older air conditioner, new condensers that are an exact match for the system are hard to come by. The condenser you end up replacing it with will not be 100% compatible, which may cause it to suffer in both performance and efficiency. Repairs become more likely and more frequent as a result, and your monthly bills will take a hit.

Additionally, older systems that used R-22 refrigerant (the standard in AC systems a couple of decades ago) should be upgraded to R-410 refrigerant in order to uphold federal environmental protection legislation. This can be a time consuming, costly process that simply isn’t worth saving on a new indoor unit. However, this should really be determined by a qualified AC technician on a case-by-case basis.

We’ll have to look at your air conditioning system to decide on the best solution for your AC. Call Air on Demand today for more information about air conditioning replacement and repair in Miami, FL.

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