Columbus, GA



Columbus, GA

When to Repair vs. Replace Your AC Unit

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When the summer heat strikes hard in Alabama and Georgia, as it always does, having a working air conditioning (AC) unit in your Montgomery, Auburn-Opelika or Columbus home is essential to keep your loved ones cool and comfortable. However, sometimes our AC units have problems, and we must decide whether to schedule an AC repair to fix them or buy a new one. This decision can be tricky. 

In this blog, Dixie Electric, Plumbing & Air will explore the signs that help you know whether to choose AC repair or AC replacement. Call Dixie for all your AC repairs, 24/7. Dixie offers same day emergency services for our Dixie Cares Plan members. Click here to learn more.

What’s Going On With Your AC?

First, let’s figure out what might be wrong with your AC. Common issues include the unit not turning on, making strange noises, or not cooling the house evenly or effectively. Each problem can have different solutions, ranging from simple fixes to needing a whole new unit.

AC Repair: When to Fix It

Minor Issues Are Often Easy to Fix

If your AC is generally in good shape but has a small problem, like a dirty filter or a minor leak, it can often be repaired easily. These small repairs can extend the life of your AC without costing too much.

Here are a few signs that your AC might just need a repair:

  • The air conditioner is less than 10 years old.
  • It still cools your home fairly well.
  • The repairs are not frequent and still affordable, especially compared to the cost of a new unit.

Routine Maintenance Can Prevent Big Problems

Regular maintenance, like cleaning or replacing filters, checking coolant levels, and ensuring the system is free from debris, can keep your AC running smoothly. Dixie offers a comprehensive maintenance plan, Dixie Cares. Often our trained technicians can fix issues during a routine check-up before they become big problems.

AC Replacement: When to Buy a New One

Old Units Often Need to Be Replaced

AC units usually last about 10 to 15 years. If yours is older than this and has ongoing issues, it might be time to replace it. Newer models are also more energy-efficient, which can save you money on your electric bills.

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Here are a few signs that it might be time for an AC replacement:

  • Your AC unit is more than 15 years old.
  • It breaks down often, leading to frequent repair costs.
  • Your energy bills have increased because the unit isn’t efficient anymore.
  • It uses an old refrigerant, like R-22, which is being phased out and is expensive.

Costs: AC Repair vs. Replacing

Consider the 50% Rule

A good rule to help decide between repairing and replacing is the 50% rule. If the cost of the repair is more than 50% of the cost of a new AC unit, then it’s usually better to replace it. Also, think about how often you’ve had to fix your AC recently. Frequent repairs can be a sign that it’s time for a new one.

One of Dixie’s professional Comfort Specialists can assess your current situation and offer solutions that meet your specific needs and budget. Call our office today.

Investment in the Future

While a new AC unit can be a big expense, it’s an investment. A new, efficient unit can reduce your energy costs and increase the value of your home. Plus, it can provide peace of mind knowing you’ll likely have fewer issues or repair needs for several years.

Choosing the Right Professional

Whether you decide on AC repair or AC replacement, choosing the right technician or service company is crucial. Look for licensed, experienced professionals with good reviews. Dixie has all that and more! Click here and scroll to the bottom of the page to read about the core values that dictate the way we do business.

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Questions to Ask a Technician

Here are some important questions to ask:

  • What is the specific problem with my AC?
  • Is it more cost-effective to repair or replace my unit?
  • How much will the repair or replacement cost?
  • How long will the repair take, or how long will it be until a new unit is installed?

Schedule A No-Cost Consultation with Dixie

Deciding between AC repair and AC replacement depends on several factors, including the age of your unit, the cost of repairs, and whether your current unit meets your needs. By understanding the signs and knowing the right questions to ask a professional, you can make an informed decision that keeps your home cool and your expenses manageable.

Remember, taking care of your AC not only helps in providing a comfortable home environment but also in managing your long-term expenses effectively. Whether you choose to repair or replace, ensuring your AC unit is functioning efficiently is key to enjoying a cool, comfortable summer at home.
Don’t trust your AC to just any company. Schedule an in-home, no-cost consultation with a professionally trained Comfort Specialist from Dixie Electric, Plumbing & Air. You’ll be glad you did!