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Should I Repair or Replace My AC Unit?

We’re often asked, “My air conditioner isn’t working properly, should I have it repaired or is it time to replace it?” We know this isn’t a decision any homeowner takes lightly—which is why the team at Schneller Knochelmann Plumbing, Heating & Air wants to help you make the best choice for your home and your budget.

When to Schedule Air Conditioner Repair

When your AC stops performing efficiently, it can be easy to just want an entirely new system. And while an air conditioner replacement might be the right call, cooling systems can have a very wide range of problems! Before you rush into a major investment for what might just need a quick fix, it is important to understand the kind of problems your system can have.

If your AC unit is exhibiting any of the following problems, it might be time to call for air conditioner repair:

  • Reduced efficiency. If you’re not getting the quality cooling you’re accustomed to or if your energy costs seem to be spiking, you could be looking at a bunch of different issues that can be addressed with repair services from an expert HVAC company.
  • Decreased air flow. Weak air, warm air, and ineffective cooling are usually attributed to a dirty or clogged system. Check your air filter and change it if dirty—this should fix your problem!
  • Strange noises. If you notice anything out of the ordinary at all, it’s critical to call in for repairs! If caught quickly, the damaged part or component can be repaired quickly. But if this is left alone for too long, you might be looking at replacement.
  • Musty odors. Funky smells and dusty air usually go hand in hand with poor air flow, as the common causes generally correlate. But if the smell is similar to burnt plastic, shut off your system and call for repair immediately!

When to Schedule AC Replacement

So, you think your air conditioner is near (or at) the end of its life. AC replacement is the best option when your system cannot be repaired, continues to cause problems after being repaired, or is not living up to your needs.

When debating whether a replacement is the option for you, consider these factors:

  • Age
  • Efficiency
  • Current condition

Most AC units last between eight and 12 years—after that point, they become very expensive to repair and break down frequently. Take a look at the chart below to get a better idea about when it’s time to schedule a repair versus when you should schedule a replacement.

Graph that shows how air conditioning repair costs rise with age of system

Air Conditioner Repair & Replacement in Cincinnati, Ohio

If you’re not sure which option meets your needs best, don’t stress! Whenever you need reliable air conditioner replacement services, call Schneller Knochelmann Plumbing, Heating & Air. The experts at Schneller have you covered, and we can walk you through your options, laying out the best choice of action to get the cooling you deserve. We’ll be there fast and we’ll treat you like family.

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