This is that time of year when you depend on your AC system the most since generally, mid-July through mid-August is the hottest and stickiest time of year.

If you’ve made it this far without having to repair or replace your system, that’s good news. But it doesn’t mean you’re out of the woods just yet as there’s still plenty of summer left to go.

So here’s the question: if, by some unlucky break, you were to encounter a problem with your AC system, would you be better off having it repaired or replaced? The answer is a great big “it depends,” but by calling your attention to certain prevailing factors, it’s our hope that you’ll be better prepared to make the decision for your home and budget if and when that time should come.

  • Age of system. The average lifespan of a central AC system is 15-20 years. So, just for the sake of argument, let’s say your system falters and it’s going to cost $2,000 to repair it properly – is it worth it? In this case, probably not. Of course, nothing is preventing you from being proactive and replacing your aging system before a major repair issue forces your hand. That way, you can take all the time you want to shop around and get your best deal.
  • History of repairs. It’s not just older systems that are prone to repair problems. If, for example, the system wasn’t installed correctly in the first place, problems can appear at any time. If that’s the case, and regardless of the system’s age, sooner or later it no longer makes economic sense to have it repaired.
  • Uneven distribution of cool air. The good news here is that this isn’t necessarily an AC system problem. Having hot and cold spots in your home might be the result of a problem with your air distribution system, which often is very simple and affordable to resolve.
  • Soaring electricity bill. If your jaw drops to your chest each time you open a new electricity bill, it’s a pretty good indication that your system is no longer operating energy efficiently. Maybe it just needs a new filter and some preventative maintenance. But if you’ve been faithful in both regards, then you should definitely consider updating to a new, high efficiency system that can pay for itself in energy savings in just a few years.

Most importantly, we want you to know that the decision on whether to repair or replace is not one you’ll ever have to make entirely on your own. Here at Budget, we’re always ready to lend our expertise to the situation, explain your options, and give you our best recommendation. We’re also happy to answer all your questions so you’re completely satisfied with your ultimate choice and our ability to put your interests first. At Budget Air Conditioning, Heating, and Plumbing, that’s something we take a great deal of pride in.