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Should your air conditioner be repaired or replaced?

As great as central air conditioning units are for a home, the truth is that even the most well-cared for machine is going to eventually break down. When this does happen, it can often raise an important question in the minds of homeowners - should you have the unit repaired or replaced? A lot of this decision goes into how long you have owned the machine, as one that is only a couple of months or years old is in much better shape to be repaired than one that has been in use for a decade.

Here are a few things to consider when deciding on repairing or replacing your AC:

  • Cost: Most experts say a good rule of thumb to follow is the overall cost - for example, if the total estimated bill of a repair will cost over half of what a new unit would, you are better off just investing in a new machine.
  • Reliability: A good air conditioning unit will do its job without being a major pain. If you find that you cannot rely on the machine well enough to keep your home cool, then chances are it should be replaced as soon as possible.
  • Warranty: If your air conditioner unit is less than five years old, the chances are good that it is still at least partially covered under the warranty. You want to make sure that you explore this option before you make any decisions, as the warranty will make the entire process a lot easier - and less expensive - for you.

If you are in need of any Gaithersburg, MD air conditioning repair services, be sure to schedule an appointment as soon as possible with John C. Flood.