Keeping Your Home Cool during the Sweltering, Summer Months

What To Know About AC Repair

by Anthony Graves

Your air conditioning system is essential during the hotter months of the year. While these systems are built to work for years, eventually you will need to do some repairs as components start to wear down or become damaged. Air conditioning repair will extend the lifespan of your system and keep your home comfortable as temperatures begin to rise outside. However, there are a few things that you need to know when it comes to air conditioning repairs. 

When To Seek Out Repairs

Knowing when to seek out AC repairs is essential. Some small issues you may be able to fix yourself, but most repairs require a professional. A few signs that you need an HVAC professional include unequal cooling, unusual sounds or smells coming from your system, higher-than-expected energy bills, insufficient cooling, and water or condensation in areas where it is not typical. To notice these signs, you need to pay attention to your system. Regularly inspecting your air conditioning system will help you determine when air conditioning repairs are a must.

How Much You Will Pay

When you start to have issues with your air conditioning system, knowing exactly how much repairs will set you back is difficult. This will depend on what components need repairs and on your air conditioning system. Repairs that are done after hours, on the weekend, or on holidays, will usually cost more than repairs done during a weekday. For a typical AC repair, on average, you spend in the range of $125 to $459. Some repairs can cost upwards of $1,000. Once your repair bill reaches a certain amount, the replacement of your system may be a better option.

When To Replace

Knowing if it's time to replace your air conditioning system can be tricky. If your potential repair bills are approaching the cost of a new air conditioner, you may want to consider replacing your current system. Age is another factor when it comes to replacement versus repairs. The older your system, the more likely it will need frequent repair. Most air conditioners last between 12 and 17 years. If your home's current air conditioning system is within or near this age range, you should probably start planning on a replacement.

When it comes to AC repairs, here's what you need to know. First, being able to identify the signs that you need to call in an HVAC professional for repairs is essential. Another thing to keep in mind is that these repairs will potentially set you back a few hundred dollars. If you have an older system or one that is in disrepair, replacement may be a better option. 

To learn more, contact an air conditioning repair contractor.