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As you probably know, the Australian summertime can be extremely hot. When I moved to Australia from England, I knew it would be warm, but I wasn't ready for the intense heat. I had bought a home on the outskirts of Sydney. It was a great place but unfortunately, it didn't have an HVAC system. I moved in during the winter time, so this wasn't a problem. However, when the weather began to warm up, the interior of my home became very uncomfortable. I called in an HVAC contractor who explained my options before installing a modern HVAC system which keeps my house nice and cool.


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Should You Repair or Replace Your Evaporative Air Conditioning Unit?

by Herminia Lopez

An evaporative air conditioning unit offers numerous benefits that you would not derive from the standard air conditioners. Unlike the conventional reverse cycle air conditioners which recycle air, systems like the Cool Breeze air conditioners use saturated cooling media to provide fresh air and maintain indoor air quality. If you have one of these units in your home or business, it is essential to pay attention to its functioning so that you can enjoy cool air as the summer approaches.

One of the dilemmas that you may find yourself in is determining whether to repair or replace your evaporative air conditioning unit. How do you decide the best and most cost-efficient solution for the long term? Here are some tips on how to make an ideal decision.

Age of the unit

Just like every appliance, an evaporative cooler has a lifespan. As the unit ages, its ability to cool the air efficiently begins to reduce. An evaporative cooler that's more than a decade old may have one or several large components that are faulty. In this case, repairing the unit would not be a great idea as you can end up incurring much with no guarantee that it will serve you for the next few years. Also, units that are 15 or more years old may have been phased out by newer models. For this reason, you may fail to find compatible repair parts on the market. In this case, purchasing a new evaporative cooler would be the best option.

Cost of Faulty Components

Another consideration that you should have in mind is the kind of components that are defective. If you have more than one expensive part such as the water pump, motor, or controller, you should consider replacing the unit. Before considering repairs, carry out research and find the cost of the new component and that of the entire cooler. If the parts together with other repair costs are more than half the price of a new evaporative cooler, you should consider going for the latter. However, if you have faulty parts like the capacitor, fuse, solenoid, or washer which are less costly, you can consider replacing them.

Cooling needs

How efficient is your evaporative cooler in meeting the cooling needs of your home or business? Is the unit undersized so that you have to set it on high at all times? If so, it may be time to consider switching to the right size that will meet your requirements. There's no need of repairing an incorrectly sized unit is not energy or cost efficient. While the initial cost of purchase and installation may be high, it will be worthwhile in the long run.