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Having a well-functioning AC system is a must, especially if you live in Miami where the heat and humidity are intense. While many are guilty of taking their air-conditioning system for granted, often not caring whether or not it is in its optimal condition, no one is to blame but ourselves when it starts wreaking havoc on the indoor comfort and energy-efficiency of our homes.

If you have ever wondered how you can make sure you’re taking good care of your AC system, you’ve come to the right place. In this article, our experts at Direct A/C will list some of the top signs that your AC unit needs some attention—and how to determine whether you need an air conditioning repair or a total AC replacement.

Age Does Matter

When it comes to household appliances that are used quite often, such as an air conditioner, age plays a significant role in determining whether it is practical to have it repaired or replaced.

The rule of thumb is that if your air-conditioning system is over 15 years old and is starting to act up, it is advisable to have it replaced rather than repaired. On the other hand, those that are less than a decade old might still have a chance, so long as you find a reliable AC repair contractor.

Compare Costs

Depending on the brand and the AC unit you choose to invest in, a new air conditioner will set you back anywhere between $5,000 and $7,000. That’s just the unit itself; you’d still need to think about the cost of wiring, ductwork, and air conditioning installation.

In cases like this, think about whether or not the repair cost is higher than if you do buy a new air-conditioning system. For this, the wise thing to do is to multiply the cost of repair to the age of your AC unit. If the answer is higher than the price of a new AC, then it would be more practical to just buy a new one.

Energy Consumption

If you notice that your electricity bills keep rising even when your air-conditioning system is turned on for the same amount of time as it has always been, then it might be time to replace your unit. Old air conditioners, especially those that are more than 15 years old, lack energy-efficiency. What’s more, newer models now boast energy-saving features; some even feature inverter technology.

With an inverter-type AC unit, when the desired room temperature is achieved, the compressor slows down (instead of switching off completely, as in non-inverter air conditioners). In turn, the unit will consume less power but still maintain the temperature you set it to.

Efficiency is the Key

As much as we try to deny it, the truth is that the planet we live in is getting hotter and hotter, and we need greener solutions that will both save energy and perform more efficiently. This is especially true if you live in an older home with older construction materials. Why? Homes back then do not have the adequate insulation that we enjoy today, which is why your old air conditioner now may not be what your house actually needs.

If your air-conditioning unit cannot keep up with the demands and can’t cool down a room as efficiently as before, then you might need to invest in a newer and more appropriate unit.

Trusted Repair and Replacement Services Since 1995

At Direct A/C, our professional team of experts provides top-quality air conditioning services guaranteed to exceed your expectations. Every project that we take on—be it a repair, replacement, installation, or maintenance—we’re your best bet for the most superior installations and repairs at the most affordable prices. We are a proud member of the ACCA (Air Conditioning Contractors of America) and boast a BBB rating of A+, and have been the area’s most trusted repair and replacement company since 1995.

We also offer emergency services 24 hours a day, seven days a week. With our licensed technicians, any air conditioner problem at hand is sure to be handled with utmost excellence! Give us a call now to find out more details regarding our AC installation, AC replacement, or air conditioning repair services. Or, fill out our online form to schedule a free, no-obligation pricing estimate and consultation.