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Should I Repair or Replace My AC Unit?

by VitalStorm Content on August 17, 2018

should I repair or replace my ac unit

If your air conditioner is having issues this summer, you might be grappling with the next step to take. It can be daunting to make decisions about an appliance that is so expensive. You might find yourself asking, “Should I repair or replace my AC unit?”

At Blue Flame, our team of NATE certified technicians has repaired and installed enough AC units to know when the time for replacement is right. Here are some helpful tips and consideration factors to help you decide what is right for your home.

Age of Your AC Unit

On average, most AC units last 10-15 years. If your AC system is more than 15 years old, it is nearing its last leg. Rather than paying for several expensive repairs over the course of its last few years of life, sometimes buying a whole new unit can become a more cost-effective option in the long run. If you replace an old unit before it bites the dust, you also won’t have to worry about living without AC for a period of time.

Outdated Technology

If your unit is on the older side, it might contain outdated technology that is no longer considered the standard for heating and cooling systems. If your unit is 10-15 years old, think about the way cell phones have changed in that time period. HVAC technology is no different. Air conditioners have evolved over time to be more efficient at keeping your house cool, so replacing your unit could mean lowering your utility bills and improving your home comfort.

Cost of Repairs

In order to make an educated decision about whether to repair or replace your AC unit, you need to have a quote for the cost of any repairs you are facing. If the repairs are minor and less costly, an AC repair job is the way to go. If the repairs are in-depth and expensive, a full replacement might be worth considering.

Cost of Utilities

If you have noticed your utility bills rising, that probably means your current AC unit is not operating efficiently anymore. Upgrading to a new unit will mean consuming less energy, which is better for the environment and your wallet. If you do decide to upgrade to a new unit, consider Energy STAR appliances.

Should I Repair or Replace My AC Unit?

It’s a decision only you can make with your unique home comfort needs and overall budget in mind. We hope this guide helps you make an educated decision for your home and keeps you cool this summer.

If you need AC repair or AC replacement, Blue Flame can help. Call us today to schedule an appointment with one of our licensed HVAC technicians!

At Blue Flame, we are committed to an exceptional and eco-friendly experience every time you use our heating, air conditioning, and electrical services. Call us at (206) 388-5667 and speak to a member of our team.