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The Air Conditioner is Malfunctioning! Should You Repair or Do You Replace?

It’s not yet the peak of hot summer weather, yet everyone’s air conditioners are getting quite the workout already. Some are working harder than others, though, and some are not working well at all. How should you go about fixing a potential air conditioning catastrophe before the peak of heat? Your main two options are either to get the system repaired or go for a full replacement with the help of a Lazer Home Services HVAC technician. 

Today, we’re going to delve into some signs that point to each of these options being more favorable for your wallet and home in the long run.


Repairs are the cheaper option of the two upfront, but it isn’t always the right move to jump straight into repairs for your system. Our technicians are available to evaluate your unit and perform air conditioning repairs in Des Moines, IA, and the surrounding areas should they be necessary. Here are some surface-level signs that a repair is more valuable in both the short and long run for your home’s specific situation:

  • • The unit is newer/was installed within the last few years.
  • • The unit has never needed maintenance or repairs before now.
  • • The issue is minor and won’t cost too much to fix (examples include filter replacements and other small tasks not often considered as costly to do).

If any combination of these three points seems to be in play with your unit, it might be in your best interest to go through with repairs on your current unit. Regardless, however, we recommend getting professional input on the situation prior to deciding in case the issue is far more significant than you have anticipated.


A full air conditioning unit replacement is a daunting financial decision initially, but there are plenty of reasons that it will end up saving you vast amounts of money in the long term. Here are some of the many reasons a full replacement is probably in your best interest:

  • • Your air conditioning unit is older than ten years old, which is the standard age limit recommended by professionals.
  • • Your electricity bills have been far higher than they once were, meaning the unit is much less efficient than it once was.
  • • Your current unit has needed repairs or maintenance consistently, and costs are racking up fast.

When a replacement is more viable than repairs is based wholly on the current unit’s age, health, and efficiency. Going for a better, newer system costs more upfront, but will save your family lots of money on electric bills and massive repair costs throughout the years. If you require an air conditioning replacement in Des Moines, IA, or the surrounding area, please contact us today to learn about your options!

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