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Repair or Replace? How to Make the Call for Your AC

air-conditioning-repairWe’ve enjoyed a reasonably mild spring this year, with June gloom pervading the Inland Empire over the past few weeks. But summer is officially here, and our hot weather is only just beginning. If you have an older air conditioner that suffers a breakdown or similar needs the attentions of a professional, it can be hard to determine the best way to proceed. If it’s old enough, replacing it may be a better option rather than throwing good money after bad on a repair job. If it can still provide reliable service, at least until the end of hot weather in the fall. 

Ultimately, only the homeowner can make the decision of whether to repair or replace a faulty older air conditioner. However, there are a few concrete guidelines to help you make that decision. This is especially important for air conditioners experiencing problems now. The decision could mean saving hundreds, perhaps thousands of dollars over the next few months, as well as ensuring that your home is cool and comfortable no matter how hot the weather gets.

Is The Warranty Still Good?

Warranties cover the various components of your air conditioner for a set period of time (usually 8-12 years, though some models may run longer or shorter). If the warranty is still active, it’s usually a good idea to repair a problem instead of replacing the system because you will only need to pay for the service, not the parts. Even after the warranty has expired, repairs may be the way to go, especially if it doesn’t cost much and the air conditioner is still in generally good condition. If the warranty has expired and continuing to run the air conditioner is more expensive than you think the unit is worth, however, it may be time to look at replacing it.

How Expensive Is Too Expensive?

Again, the question of expense ultimately becomes the homeowner’s to answer, but generally falls into one of two categories.

  1. Frequency and size of repairs. A repair job that costs more than you think the system is worth may be the best prompter to replace your system with a new one, especially if the warranty has expired. Alternately, the frequency of repairs may be getting high enough to merit a new system. If you have to call for more than two repair jobs in a given twelve-month period, it’s probably a sign that you need a new air conditioner.
  2. Monthly costs. As air conditioners get older, wear and tear take their toll, and even the most fastidiously maintained units will lose their efficiency after a while. That means paying increasingly high monthly costs just to keep the system running. While there may be no overt reason to replace the system, if the warranty has expired and the monthly costs or cooling your home are just too high for your budget to handle, it may be time for a new system.

For repairs and replacement services throughout Ontario, CA, call the pros at Avis Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc. today!

 

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