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The 50% Rule for Your AC: Repair vs. Replacement

Your air conditioner has been in your home since you moved in. It works great, it runs into trouble every now and again, but now you’re met with a really big repair. Is it best to just keep up with air conditioner repair and maintenance, or just replace the whole thing?

That’s what we’re here to talk about. It’s important to know what your options are, but it’s not always going to look black and white. There’s a lot to consider, but first, let’s start with the 50% rule.

The 50% Rule for AC Replacement

In short, if you get the bill for AC repair, and it ends up costing you more than 50% of the price of a brand-new air conditioner unit, you have to make a big decision. This is the right time to replace your air conditioner because it’s not like this huge repair bill will be the last one you ever see for this AC unit.

While you may be tempted to repair that old air conditioner solely because it’s served you well up until now, take these points into consideration first:

  • It’s Old Technology (Not Energy Efficient): We don’t know what your monthly energy bills are, but you do. And you know they could be lower. Your air conditioner is likely 10 years old or even older, so it’s not as energy efficient as newly manufactured units.
  • It Takes Too Long to Cool: An average air conditioning cycle should last for about 15-20 minutes. Over time, this increases little by little, and your air conditioner just runs for longer. Not only is that more expensive for you, but it also puts even more strain on that old air conditioner.
  • Technicians Can’t Reproduce Factory Conditions: Even the most skilled repair technician in the world can’t make your old air conditioner like brand new. It’s just not going to happen. Eventually, wear and tear weighs heavily on your AC.

Start Saving Now

Even if you repair your AC, it’s not going to last forever. If your air conditioner is 10 years old or older, then it has one foot out the door. Now is your opportunity to save for that new air conditioner unit so you aren’t blindsided by the price in a year or two when you have to replace your AC.

Note: We offer financing options so that you don’t have to worry about installing a new air conditioner in your home just because of funding.

The Choice is Yours

You can repair your old air conditioner, or you can opt for the replacement and reap the rewards of energy efficiency. It’s all up to you, but at the end of the day, you have to do what’s right for your wallet and your comfort.

Keep your eye on your air conditioner and be privy to repairs (and how much they cost) so you can be prepared for the eventual replacement, just to be on the safe side.

Contact Synergy3 today to schedule your air conditioner repair or replacement as soon as possible.