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Is it Better to Repair or Replace Your AC System?

If we had a dollar for every time we’re asked that question – okay, never mind that part. But we do hear that question quite often and, as much as we’d like to give you an “always repair when this happens and always replace when that happens” type of answer, no two situations are ever exactly alike. And therefore there are no blanket statements we can make that be of any significant value to you.

So instead, here’s a list of common central air conditioner problems where it’s at least possible that “repair” is not only the cheaper option, but the right course of action.

  1. No cool air at all. While any number of factors could be at work here, we frequently discover that the problem is something as simple as a broken thermostat. And it’s a whole lot cheaper to repair or replace a thermostat than it is an entire AC system.

  2. Hot and cold spots in your home. Very often this is an air distribution problem. Maybe, for example, there’s a crack or leak in your ductwork that’s causing one area in your home not to cool as efficiently as others. That’s a very simple repair job assuming that’s the only thing going on.

  3. The cost to cool your home rises from month to month, and year to year. The first question you need to ask yourself, in this instance, is when was the last time you had your AC system professionally serviced and/or you cleaned or replaced the filter. The dirtier and more clogged up your filter gets, the harder your system has to work to keep you cool. And that will drive up your utility costs in a hurry.

  4. Noisy operation. Your AC system has many different parts, including multiple motors, both indoors and outdoors. And should something go wrong with one of them, they’re capable of making loud and unpleasant noises. One such noise, and a rather common one at that, is caused by a fan blade banging into its protective cage.

What to do if your AC system suddenly doesn’t sound or feel right, or you notice a big spike in your utility bill? Contact the home heating and air conditioning pros at GBT, of course. We’ll accurately diagnose the problem, explain what we consider to be your best course of action and then, with your approval, go ahead and get the job done so you’ll be back to feeling cool and comfortable in no time. Just the way you like it.

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