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Author: laura | August 14, 2018

To Repair Or To Replace?…That Is The Question

What Kind Of Cheese Would You Like On That?

Deciding between having your air conditioning unit repaired or replaced is almost as difficult as deciding what kind of cheese you want on your burger, but we’re here to help make your choice a little bit easier!


The $5,000 Rule

Getting your air conditioning unit repaired can be the better option, but only if you keep The $5,000 Rule in mind. First, multiply the age of your air conditioner by the amount of your most recent, repair bill. If that number is less than $5,000, then getting your AC unit repaired is the best way to go! For example, if your air conditioner is 12 years old and your last repair bill was $270, then you’d multiply 12 (years old) by 270 (dollars) and the total would be $3,240, which is less than $5,000, so go on and repair it!


How Much Will A Repair Cost Me?

On average, and depending on what areas of the AC unit need to be addressed, most AC repairs range anywhere from $350 to $1,250, but that’s just the cost of the repair. There will also be a cost for the trip that the technician has to take to your home and a diagnostic fee that varies depending on the seasonality and time of day of your appointment. I mean, you don’t expect to go to the phone store and walk out without a phone case and screen protector, do you?


3 AC Repairs Within 3 Years

Having three AC unit repairs performed in three years is a serious, red flag! This implies that there’s a larger issue at hand and a fourth repair might not be able to address it fully. Endless repairs is probably the most telling sign that an AC replacement is necessary. In addition to consistent repairs, high energy bills after a repair is another warning sign that a replacement is needed. This is because it’s highlighting the fact that your air conditioning unit has poor, overall health and the system is ailing.


How Much Will A Replacement Cost Me?

With all of the services in mind and the cost of the AC unit itself, the average AC replacement will run you anywhere from $3,500 to $7,000. Remember, you’re not just paying for an AC unit when you get your system replaced. There are the costs of the installation time and labor that come into play, in addition to the trip for the technician.


And It Lived Happily Ever After

Regardless of whether you choose to repair or replace your AC unit, you need to do what is best for YOU and YOUR home. And, when the time is right, trust the certified technicians at Capital Heating & Cooling to provide you with exceptional service and a comfortable solution for your sweat glands and your wallet!


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