Should You Repair or Replace Your Air Conditioner?

Should You Repair or Replace Your Air Conditioner?
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    When an appliance in your home breaks down, you need to know what to do to get it up and running again – especially one that plays as important a role as allowing you to control the climate in your home.

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You don’t want to get caught in the middle of a brutal summer heatwave without the ability to cool down.

When Should You Repair?

The bottom line is that any time your air conditioner breaks down, you should only buy a new one as a last resort. If you’re having problems controlling your home’s climate and are considering repairing an air conditioner, you should contact a heating and cooling contractor to request a repair.

If they can fix your air conditioner, you’ll also gain the satisfaction of creating a greener earth by making a purchase that helps end a wasteful trend in the consumer goods industry. 

Thee Threat of a Disposable Planet

It seems that most things today are built to be disposable. At one point in time, almost any kind of consumer good that people in North America owned could be serviced by an expert repair technician to ensure that the buyer got the most value possible out of their investment.

Since the 1980s, that trend changed towards a market that seemed intent on convincing consumers to dispose of broken goods rather than repair them. As demand decreased, so did businesses that offered repair services.

Advantage of Buying New

There’s a reason that people stopped getting things repaired. Manufacturers have flooded the marketplace with cheap goods. If the price is low enough, people will opt for convenience over the environment.

For example, consider how the market for computer printers became so inexpensive that it ended up costing more to replace your ink than to dispose of the entire printer every time the ink runs out.

The Trouble with Disposable Goods

Disposables may have seemed like an attractive idea once upon a time, in a land of make-believe. Eventually, the reality of excessive waste caught up with humans everywhere around the world.

In the face of a climate crisis and an atrocious amount of plastic building up in the world’s oceans, people are starting to take notice and look closer at the cause.

Your Right to Repair

Some companies create products designed to be difficult or impossible to repair, even to a specialist. In some cases, companies have put discouragements in place, such as voided warranties it the product is opened up.

Consumers around the world are fighting to create legislation to prevent this situation from continuing.

How Much Choice Do You Have?

As consumers push back, demanding products that can be repaired, the situation is changing in some sectors. Unfortunately, it remains difficult to find companies that are able to repair consumer goods today – from electronics to upholstery to clothing. That’s why supporting any businesses that you find that offer repair services can help to ensure that service is available in the future.

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An air conditioner is a complicated piece of machinery. Even if it seems beyond repair, you might be surprised at what a knowledgeable industry specialist can do.

Get in touch with a cooling systems expert before you toss out a machine that could still be put to good use for years to come. 

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