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Repair Vs Replacement: How to Know What Your AC Needs

As your air conditioner gets up in age you will have to make decisions between repairing and replacing the unit. Sometimes repairs are the better option but other times making an AC repair is just throwing money away–money that could otherwise be an investment in a brand-new air conditioner. 

How do you decide when it’s time for AC replacement in Katy, TX? Our team is here to help. We can eliminate the guesswork so you don’t have to make the decision alone. Give our team a call to schedule your in-home assessment. You can also keep reading to learn more about the general recommendations for when to repair vs replace your AC.

When to Repair Your AC

Repairing your AC makes sense when the repair costs are fairly low. For example, a repair that costs hundreds of dollars compared to thousands of dollars makes sense to invest in. However, you also want to take your air conditioner’s age into account before making repairs. If your air conditioner is still fairly new and especially if it is covered under the manufacturer’s warranty, repairs make sense. Repairs are an investment in your air conditioner’s lifespan.

It’s also important to make repairs when they are part of a tune-up or maintenance appointment. Usually, these repairs are very minor and take a more proactive approach. You are replacing or repairing parts before they go out completely and have an opportunity to cause more damage to your air conditioner. Repairs that are made during tune-up appointments have the potential to offer greater energy efficiency and a longer lifespan for your air conditioner when you keep up with the tune-ups year after year.

When to Replace Your AC

Replacing your air conditioner may make more sense if repair costs are thousands of dollars instead of hundreds of dollars. If your air conditioner is more than 10 years old and the manufacturer’s warranty has expired, you definitely want to pause before investing in expensive repairs. It may make more sense to put that money towards a brand-new air conditioner instead of repairing an already older unit. 

This is especially true the higher the repair costs get. Often, more expensive air conditioning repairs mean that you are repairing or replacing major components inside of the unit. Replacing these components will not necessarily get you more life out of your air conditioner when the remaining parts are all still older and more worn. 

We recommend that you get a quote for installing a new air conditioner alongside the repair estimate and compare the costs. If a repair is 50% or more of the cost of a new air conditioner, put that money into a new AC instead. Then you can start fresh with a brand-new unit that is highly efficient and take care of it consistently year after year so that it can last your family for longer.

At AC Comfort your comfort is our business! Serving Katy, TX, and the surrounding areas. Schedule an appointment today for your AC service needs.

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