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Should You Replace Your AC This Year?

“Repair It” or “Replace It” are the two major options an owner of a central air conditioning system faces when something goes wrong with it. In most cases, “Repair It” is the choice to go with; modern air conditioning systems are manufactured to be sturdy and last for more than a decade with the regular maintenance. The majority of malfunctions are ones that a skilled HVAC technician on our team can fix quickly so your comfort during a hot Raleigh, NC summer is quickly restored.

However, the time will come when it’s more cost-effective—not to mention better for your comfort—to have the air conditioner replaced. Below are some ways you can tell that you should take time this season to have a new AC put in.

  • Age: Raw age is a good indicator of when you should replace an air conditioner. Most ACs have lifespans of 10 to 15 years, and your unit will have an estimated service life on its cabinet. If the system is over that estimate, it will soon begin to suffer declines in efficiency and effectiveness. It’s better to get ahead of the trouble and replace it.
  • Rising utility bills: Any single uptick in electrical costs during the summer may point toward a repair the air conditioner needs. But a general rise from summer to summer, even with annual maintenance, shows that the air conditioner is wearing out and the process can’t be reversed.
  • Noisy operation: If an air conditioner is creating a racket when it runs that it never did before, it’s probably because it has suffered too much cumulative stress.
  • High price of repairs: Any single repair that would cost more than half the price to replace the air conditioner is too costly. Go with a replacement instead. Also, if repair costs over a year add up to more than $500, that’s also too steep.

To arrange for a repair and an expert opinion on an air conditioner replacement, contact Comfort Master Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc.

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