Should You Replace Just the Outside AC Unit?

As an expert in the air conditioning industry, I have encountered many customers who are faced with the decision of whether to replace their entire system or just the outdoor unit. And I understand why this can be a difficult decision, as replacing a compressor in an air conditioning system is one of the most expensive repairs you can make. But before you make a decision, there are a few key factors that you should consider. If a technician has told you that both of your air conditioning units need to be replaced, you may be wondering if it's possible to just replace the outdoor unit and save some money. And the answer is yes, it is possible.

However, there are some important things to keep in mind. Firstly, if you choose to replace only the outdoor unit and it doesn't fit perfectly with your current indoor unit, the manufacturer may not cover any future repairs or replacement parts. This is because they cannot guarantee the compatibility of their products when used with other brands or models. On the other hand, if your air conditioner is very old and you decide to replace the entire system, there is something to be said for choosing a complete replacement. When your air conditioner was first installed, it came with a manufacturer's warranty that covered the cost of replacing parts that failed due to a manufacturing error. So if your warranty is still valid and covers the replacement of the outdoor unit, you can rest assured that the manufacturer will send you a compatible replacement.However, as your air conditioning unit nears the end of its lifespan, you will eventually need to replace it.

And in this case, it is absolutely possible to just replace the outdoor unit without having to replace your entire system.So how do you know which option is best for you? Well, it ultimately depends on the age and condition of your current system, as well as the warranty coverage. If your system is relatively new and still covered by warranty, it may be more cost-effective to replace just the outdoor unit. But if your system is old and the warranty has expired, it may be more practical to invest in a complete replacement.Another factor to consider is the energy efficiency of your current system. If you have an older unit, replacing it with a newer, more energy-efficient model can save you money in the long run on your energy bills.

And if you're only replacing the outdoor unit, you may not see as much of a difference in energy savings.Ultimately, the decision to replace just the outdoor unit or the entire system should be made after consulting with a trusted technician and considering all of these factors. And remember, even if you do choose to replace just the outdoor unit, it's important to have regular maintenance and tune-ups to ensure that your system continues to run smoothly.