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Should You Repair Or Replace Your A/C?

Posted on January 21, 2017

While the calendar says winter right now, it won’t be too long until some of us have this summertime experience. You walk in the door from a long day at work and are hit in the face with a blast of hot, humid air. You check the thermostat and your heart sinks: it is set at 72 degrees, but the current temp readout says 90.

You know what that means, it’s time to call General Air Conditioning & Plumbing for air conditioning repair service. You make the call and then it hits you: how many times have you called in the last year or two?

There comes a point in time when repairing your old cooling system (again) just doesn’t make sense any more. If your HVAC system is more than 10 years old, it’s probably a safe bet that a new system will be much more efficient and will likely reduce your monthly energy bill. Heating and cooling typically accounts for 40% of energy usage in the typical American home, so that can mean saving a lot of money.

First, give us a call to schedule an energy assessment at your home. This can make sure any problem you’re having isn’t a normal wear and tear issue or something minor. You may find out that in some areas electric utilities subsidize the costs of energy efficiency assessments. In addition, some states offer rebates or discounts on insulation installation or other improvements/upgrades to make your home more efficient.

Once the assessment has been performed, our HVAC professional can sit down with you and talk about the status of your system and whether it’s time to consider replacing it. A main topic of conversation will be efficiency as it relates to size. There are a lot of factors that go into HVAC efficiency and system sizing. A system not properly sized can cause higher energy bills and may even result in early system failure. That is why it is crucial to hire an experienced heating and cooling expert to determine the right choice for your home. Our licensed, certified professionals will evaluate the construction and factor in the direction the property is facing. As you can see, getting an estimate over the phone is not a good idea for anyone.

Your friends at General can help you crunch the numbers to ensure your 100% satisfaction—guaranteed. We cover all the bases, including the cost of a new HVAC unit compared to the expected cost of repairs and any savings you might see on your monthly utility bill.

Any new system is going to be a significant investment and a decision not to be made lightly, but it’s no different than other vital purchases. If your car is 10 years old and the transmission falls out, chances are you’re not going to spend $2,000 to $3,000 on a new transmission; the car is just not worth it. Instead, you’re probably going to make an investment in a new vehicle.

And the feeling of escaping the heat into the cool comfort of your climate-controlled home—PRICELESS!