When scorching temperatures rise here in Mesa, Arizona, having a reliable and efficient air conditioner is absolutely essential. That said, when faced with an aging or malfunctioning AC unit, homeowners often find themselves at a crossroads: Should I invest in costly repairs or take the plunge and replace my AC system altogether? 

To help you make the right decision, we’ll explore the key factors that impact AC repairs versus replacement. With some valuable insight, you’ll be empowered to decide what’s best for your home and budget. 

Keep reading to learn more about:

  • When to repair your AC
  • When to replace your AC 

Rather speak with trusted professionals? Contact Rusty’s for expert AC repairs and replacement advice.

At Rusty’s Air Conditioning & Heating, our experts are here to provide trustworthy advice and top-notch quality workmanship. Whether it’s a speedy AC repair or a free estimate for a new AC installation, we’ll provide the most cost-effective solutions to restore your home’s comfort. Call us at 480-631-4244 or click below to schedule a convenient appointment online. 

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When to Repair Your AC

Knowing when to repair your AC unit can save you both time and money. Especially if you catch developing problems early, before they snowball into major fixes. If the issue is isolated and can be fixed without compromising the overall performance of the unit, repairing is usually the best choice. Let’s explore scenarios to consider when making AC repairs. 

You Have Minor Problems Only

If your unit is experiencing minor problems, such as a faulty thermostat, clogged filters, or a refrigerant leak, repairing the AC may be the most cost-effective solution. These issues can often be fixed quickly (sometimes within the same day) and at a fraction of the cost of a new unit. Consulting with a professional HVAC technician can help identify the extent of the problem and provide expert advice on whether a repair is sufficient.

Warranties Cover Most of Repair Costs

Another crucial consideration is the warranty coverage for your AC unit. Manufacturers typically offer a 5 or 10 year parts warranty, and most installers typically provide a 1-year labor warranty.  If your air conditioner is still under warranty, repairs may be a viable option, especially if the warranty covers a significant portion of the repair costs. 

You can count on the friendly team at Rusty’s Air Conditioning and Heating to check those details and make the recommendation that will spare your pocketbook and keep you cool all summer long!

When to Replace Your AC

While it’s a good idea to consider repairs, there comes a time when it’s more practical and cost-effective to replace your AC unit altogether. Let’s explore some top reasons why you should consider a new AC installation

Your AC Is 10-15+ Years Old

Most air conditioning systems have a lifespan of around 10 to 15 years. If your AC is nearing or has surpassed this age range, it’s more likely to experience frequent breakdowns and efficiency issues. In this case, investing in a new, energy-efficient unit can provide better performance and reliability, offering peace of mind for years to come. You’ll enjoy lower energy bills too!

AC Needs Constant Repairs

The occasional repair is nothing out of the ordinary, but persistent breakdowns and repairs is generally a clear sign that replacement is the better choice. Ongoing repair costs can quickly add up, becoming more financially burdensome than investing in a new system. Consider the frequency and cost of repairs over the past couple of years and compare it to the price of a new unit. In our experience, if the price of repairs is more than 50% that of a new system, then a replacement is the better option.  

Energy Bills Are High 

As air conditioners age, they tend to become less energy-efficient, resulting in higher electricity consumption and soaring utility bills. If you notice a considerable and consistent spike in your energy costs, replacing your AC with a newer, energy-efficient model can lead to substantial long-term savings, offsetting the initial investment. This is especially true if electricity prices are high in your area.

Warranties Have Expired

Warranties provide valuable coverage and peace of mind for homeowners. However, as your AC unit ages, warranties eventually expire, leaving you responsible for the repair costs. If your AC is no longer covered by warranties and requires significant repairs, it may be more beneficial to replace it. A new unit will typically come with warranty coverage, protecting you from unexpected expenses and providing added assurance.

Your Comfort Is Poor

The primary purpose of an AC system is to keep you comfortable, and if it consistently fails to meet that objective, it may be time for a replacement. Aging air conditioners often struggle to cool your home effectively, resulting in inconsistent temperatures and discomfort. If you find yourself constantly adjusting the thermostat or dealing with hot spots, a new, properly sized AC unit can deliver improved comfort and enhanced airflow. 

Still need help deciding? Call Rusty’s Air Conditioning and Heating.

Deciding whether or not to invest in a new AC can be an overwhelming decision, but we’re here to help take some stress off your shoulders with expert, honest advice. Schedule a free estimate for a new AC installation today and we’ll review all your best options, including financing and any rebates available. 

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