HVAC Repair or Replace? Determining When It is Time to Buy a New A/C

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HVAC Repair or Replace? Determining When It is Time to Buy a New A/C

“My air conditioner is really struggling to make it through the summer. We’ve been told it needs some pretty expensive repairs and we can’t decide whether to fix it or replace it.”

Merts Heating and Air Conditioning hears things like this all the time from our clients and truthfully the answer isn’t always an easy one. When it comes to deciding if it’s time for an HVAC replacement all we can do is give you the best information and let you decide. What we know for sure is there is a point with any mechanical device when it makes more sense to replace than to do another HVAC repair.

While a repair may cost less in the short run, it may not be in your long-term best interests. There are several factors to consider:

How long will the repair last?

If your unit is 10 or more years old there’s a pretty good chance this won’t be the last repair job you will have to pay for. The cost of multiple HVAC repairs on your South Chicagoland or Indiana Lake County Region home will add up quickly.

Even with repairs will the old unit keep your home comfortable?

Everyone loves to save money but if the cost is living in a house that’s too cold or too hot is it worth it? Life is too short to put up with an uncomfortable home.

How much money can you expect to save on your monthly bills?

Yes, you can cut your monthly bills. Depending on the age of your old unit, an A/C replacement can cut your monthly costs by as much as 30% with increased efficiency.

How good has your HVAC maintenance been?

If you had maintenance performed religiously since the time you purchased the old unit, it may last longer and it could make sense to repair it one more time.

Determining the real cost

When you call on Merts we will sit down with you and go through all the factors we just talked about. When we start putting numbers on paper you will get an idea of what the real cost of an A/C replacement will be, always keeping in mind it’s difficult to put a dollar value on things like comfort and reliability. Once we’ve given you all this information it’s up to you to make the final decision.

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This is what Merts Heating & Air Conditioning has been doing for our customers in the Chicagoland and Indiana Lake County Region for more than six decades. Whether it’s HVAC maintenance or a full A/C replacement, you have our pledge we will do it the right way. Be sure to like and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

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