6 Cost Factors of AC Repairs

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Just like your car, sometimes it’s clear when your air conditioning system is acting up. Other times it’s less obvious. Either way, when there is a problem, it’s certain you will end up paying for the repair or the replace.

The cost to repair an Air Conditioning System can vary widely depending on the specific problem, size, and details about the particular model. Experts report the average cost for AC repairs last year came to about $300. However, there a number of factors that will increase or decrease your AC system’s service cost. Take a look:

Age: The average lifespan of an AC unit is 10-15 years. And just like with people, it may slow down as it ages. Generally the older the unit, the more expensive the repair. If your unit is more than 10 years old, you should consider replacing the system. Expert advice says to go by the $5,000 rule. Multiple the repairs cost by the age of the unit. If it’s over $5,000, replace; do not repair.

Work Effort: The less work your Air Conditioning system needs to do its job the longer it will last. Therefore, adjusting your thermostat for times when lower temperatures aren’t needed, or having a digital, programmable thermostat installed to do the same, can help to lower Air Conditioning maintenance or repair costs.

Efficiency & Size: The U.S. Department of Energy requires residential air conditioners to have a Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER) of 13 or higher. The more efficient (and newer) the system is, the lower your average AC repair cost will be. In addition, larger systems tend to require more work than smaller units.

Timeline: Why is it that Air Conditioning system issues often occur in the hottest of times, when the unit is working its darndest to keep your home cool? That could result in more expensive repairs during busy season or experiencing a longer wait for your repair service.

Maintenance: A ‘no-brainer’ when it comes to extending the lifespan of your AC system is to adhere to recommended maintenance tasks and schedules. Learn more about DIY maintenance here and the benefits of a maintenance plan with Custom Climate Concepts here.

Extent of Damage: Just like your car repair might end up being a quick, inexpensive fix (jumping the battery) or not (needing a new transmission), AC system repairs can vary tremendously depending on what is wrong.  Tune into this Custom Climate Concepts blog on Feb. 11, 2019 to learn more specifically about service fees and AC repair costs.

Remember to call Custom Climate Concepts today, at (941) 955-COOL (2665) to assist with any Sarasota Air Conditioning System problems or maintenance needs.