Should You Repair or Replace Your Home's A/C Unit?

If your A/C Unit has a coil conked out, if the Freon intake is on the fritz, if the compressor has gone kaput, the HVAC experts at Donovan & Jorgenson are there to get it humming like new again. If repairs aren’t enough, a full replacement might be in order. Luckily, you can stave off both of these occasionally large expenses, you should consider regular A/C tune ups. But deciding what you should do may not be easy...

Air Conditioner Repair vs Replacement—Which should you choose?

When your A/C system isn’t functioning properly, there is a question of whether to get repairs done, or completely replace your air conditioner. The repairs are more affordable, but the problem might be a recurring one, or a brand new problem could arise.  The cycle could continue for years, with the cost adding up to more than the cost of just replacing the broken air conditioner. But how do you know which route to take—repair or replacement?

A good rule of thumb to use is the 5,000 rule—multiply the age of the A/C unit by the projected cost of the repair, and if the resulting number is more than $5,000, you should probably replace your Air Conditioner.  For example, if a 10 year old Air Conditioner requires $350 worth of repairs, (10 x 350 = 3500) you should be fine just getting the repairs. But if that same 10 year old Air Conditioner requires $500 worth of repairs, it becomes a different story entirely. 

If you aren't sure whether you need air conditioner repair or replacement, Donovan & Jorgenson will give you the advice you need. Find out more today!

When is it Time for an Energy-Efficient Air Conditioner?

Depending on how long you are planning on living in your current home, the cost of replacing your old A/C with a newer, more efficient model may even save you money in the long term. Today’s best models can save you 20% to 50% off your energy bills, depending on how old your current A/C unit is.

The age of the unit plays a critical factor. Energy Star and the EPA recommends upgrading to an energy-efficient unit if your current air conditioner is 10 or more years old. Some HVAC technicians say they typically recommend replacing units if they are 15 years or older, while others say that the expected lifespan of an A/C unit can vary greatly from brand to brand and from household to household.

Signs you Should Replace your A/C unit

If your system is getting up there in years, and is in need of frequent, increasingly expensive repairs, it may need to be replaced. Some signs that indicate you should consider a new A/C system:


  • An air conditioner more than 10 years old
  • A need for frequent and costly repairs
  • Grating, grinding, or squealing sounds
  • Unpleasant or musty odors from the vents

  • Increasing energy bills
  • Inconsistent temperatures throughout your home
  • Humidity or moisture problems
  • Excessive amounts of dust

Although the upfront cost for a new installation is high, you’ll save money in the long run by eliminating the frequent repair costs. A newer A/C system will be more energy-efficient than the old one, and many new air conditioners have a warranty that covers some repairs.

Is your A/C is making strange noises, contact the HVAC professionals at Donovan & Jorganson to get started on repair or replacement.

Regular HVAC Maintenance Can Save You Money in the Long Run

Of course, the way to avoid mounting repair costs, or an expensive full replacement of your home’s A/C is to get regular maintenance done by a trained professional. Some 10 year old equipment needs to be replaced due to lack of maintenance or a poor quality installation. Some 20 year old equipment looks and works like new because it's been well maintained.

Annual HVAC system maintenance is highly beneficial. Without annual maintenance, your A/C system could be sprouting leaks from the air transportation ducts, or there could be dirty filters and coils. This damage dramatically increases the energy needed to cool your home, raising your energy bills. Dirty filters and coils make the system run inefficiently, also increasing the energy consumption of your home.

Donovan & Jorgenson Advises Customers on their A/C needs

Donovan & Jorgenson service technicians are the best option for your HVAC repair, replacement and maintenance needs in the Milwaukee metropolitan area. If your heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) system has broken down and you’ve noticed it’s not quite as spry as it once was, you may be contemplating your repair vs. replacement needs.

Is it too soon for replacement? Is repair your best choice in the long run, or would a newer, more efficient system offer you the function and dependability you’ve been looking for? When determining repair vs. replacement, there are many considerations. Our AC and heating repair experts at Donovan & Jorgenson will look at all sides and give you a recommendation that best fits your unique situation.

Whether you need A/C Repair or replacement, Donovan & Jorganson is ready to help you—Contact the HVAC experts today.
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