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Should I Repair or Replace My Air Conditioner?

When it comes to AC repair, one of the most common questions HVAC technicians get is whether it’s better to repair an AC unit or to replace it with a newer unit. The answer, as you might suspect, is: It depends.

For HVAC techs, many factors play into the decision to either repair or replace an AC unit. Here are some details your tech will likely consider in order to make the best, most cost-effective decision for you.

AC Repair

When it comes to repairing an AC system, the key is to act quickly. The longer you put off repairs, the bigger and more expensive your AC’s issue becomes. That being the case, whenever you notice a change in your AC’s performance—however minor—it’s worth calling an HVAC technician to check out your unit.

Here are some of the most typical reasons that homeowners call for repair services:

  • Warm air blowing from the vents
  • AC cycling frequently, or else running non-stop
  • Thermostat doesn’t match the temperature
  • Indoor humidity is higher than normal
  • Odd smells or sounds coming from AC
  • Leaks around the AC unit
  • AC unit doesn’t turn on at all

If you notice any of these signs, call for our Rowland Air Santa Clarita HVAC technicians to pay you a visit as soon as possible. They can identify the problem with your unit and can usually perform repairs on the same day.

AC Replacement

Although it’s good to maintain your AC unit, eventually all air conditioners will need to be replaced. As time goes on, repairs will become more and more necessary and frequent, and your system’s efficiency will degrade. For the most part, you should expect your air conditioner to last between 10 to 15 years. That said, regular repairs and maintenance can increase a unit’s lifespan.

If it gets to the point where your HVAC technician comes by all too frequently to repair your cooling system, it may make more financial sense to put your hard-earned money toward replacing the unit with a new system. This is especially true if your air conditioner is more than ten years old.

In addition to saving on repair bills, new AC systems use less energy, so you’ll also most likely end up saving money on your utility bills, too.

AC Maintenance

In order to get the most out of your existing AC unit, it’s important to keep up a regular maintenance schedule. During annual tune-ups, HVAC techs will catch small or developing problems before they become critical, which will help significantly extend the life of your unit. Through good upkeep, you’ll also preserve more of your AC’s efficiency. This will dramatically reduce the damage that naturally and inevitably occurs on aging AC equipment.

One final point to consider is that most equipment warranties require proof that the unit has been regularly serviced. If you’re keeping your AC unit on a maintenance plan, you’ll be eligible for warranty service. Needless to say, this will save you money.

If you still can’t decide between repairing or replacing your AC system, contact us today at Rowland Air for expert advice!

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