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How Much is Too Much For an AC Repair?

service professional at door about to shake homeowner's handNow isn’t the time when you want to discover that your air conditioner needs an AC repair in Lutz, FL. However, if your AC is malfunctioning, it is best to get that fix taken care of sooner than later. Getting repairs addressed in a timely manner can help prevent them from escalating in severity and price.

That doesn’t mean that every repair bill is going to be affordable. There is such a thing as a repair bill that is too high. If you are wondering how to tell when your repair bill is too high to justify fixing your system, we’ve provided some guidance to help.

First, think about how often you need repairs

Maybe the price tag isn’t the problem per se but rather how much you put towards repairs in a shorter time span. Your AC shouldn’t need repairs more than once every few years. If you have to pay $150 for an AC repair every three years, it really won’t hurt too much, but if you are doing that on a yearly basis or even twice a year, those expenditures add up! Frequent AC repairs may be a sign that your money is better spent on a replacement.

Second, consider how much you are spending

If you are trying to figure out how much is too much for a single repair for your air conditioner, chances are that this is the information you need. You aren’t having to pay for frequent repairs but the latest repair bill is far higher than you expected it to be.

There are two different “rules” that you can remember to help you determine if your repair bill is too much to justify.

  • The rule of 5,000: Take your repair bill price and multiply it by the age of your system (ex. $450 bill for a 12-year-old system = 5,400). If the resulting number is over 5,000 then you are better off replacing the system instead.
  • The rule of half: Another sign that the price of a repair is too high is if it equals the equivalent of half or more of the price of a new system. If you are spending that much money to fix your system you are actually better off upgrading it.

If you do the math and find out that your repair bill matches either of the situations above, then it might mean it is time to talk to your technician about getting a replacement system instead of paying to repair it.

Are there other signs I need a replacement?

Yes! Aside from overly frequent or overly expensive repairs, you should also watch out for an aging system (close to or over 15 years old) or one that simply doesn’t work anymore.

For repairs or replacement, come to IERNA’s

If you know you need an AC repair, our team is here to help. You can also count on us to provide you with an AC replacement when you need one. We can even help you figure out which service you need if you’re not sure.

Contact IERNA’s Heating & Cooling today to get whichever AC service you need.

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