Should I Repair or Replace My Air Conditioner?

By in , , , ,
Should I Repair or Replace My Air Conditioner?

It’s the middle of another Michigan summer and the forecast is:




Kotz Heating, Cooling & Plumbing wants to know how your house is doing? Is the air conditioning keeping you comfortable? Are your electrical bills skyrocketing? Facing an expensive bill for an A/C repair? Maybe it’s time you gave us a call.

HVAC Repair or Replace?

No one likes to be faced with this decision but all of us have to deal with it at some point. Every situation is different, but we do have a rule of thumb when it comes to A/C replacement:

  • Determine the cost of repair
  • Multiply by the age of the system in years
  • If the total is less than $5,000 go ahead and repair
  • If it’s greater than $5,000 replace with a new unit

There may be good reasons to deviate either way, but Kotz believes this is a solid way to start the discussion.

Pros and Cons

Generally speaking, the only advantage of an HVAC repair to the old system is cost. Believe us, we know that is an important part of the decision. The question you have to answer is does it outweigh the long list of advantages of an HVAC replacement?

  • Lower electrical bills – An air conditioner loses efficiency as it gets older. In addition, the energy saving technology on new units is better every year.  If your current system is 10 or more years old, it’s not unrealistic to expect up to a 30% drop in monthly utility bills.
  • Peace of mind – If you have an old system you likely know all about unexpected repairs messing up the household budget. HVAC replacement will end the repair merry-go-round and give you the luxury of a manufacturer’s warranty if something does go wrong.
  • Increased comfort – Did you know most modern systems can be “zoned?” It means you have custom temperature control in different parts of the house. Along with the increased efficiency, an A/C or furnace replacement will almost always make your home more comfortable.

Depend on Kotz for a 100% happiness guarantee

Whatever decision you make Kotz Heating, Cooling & Plumbing is here to help—just like we have been for the people of Waterford, MI, and all of Oakland County since the business started in 1929. Be sure to like and follow us on Facebook and Twitter to learn about our special deals throughout the year.