AC Repair Vs. Replace: Which One Do You Need?

AC Repair Vs. Replace: Which One Do You Need?

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Hot and muggy summers in Framingham, MA, require an air conditioning system that works at peak efficiency all season long. However, depending on the age of your cooling system, you may find that you’re calling for repairs more often than you’d like, and thinking it may be time for an entirely new AC unit. 

At Pro Comfort Control, we offer high-quality air conditioning service in Framingham, MA and the surrounding areas. Our commitment to customer service means that we’re here to advise you when it comes to thinking about AC repair vs. replacement. Our goal is your home comfort. We always offer our honest assessment when it comes to advising you about the functionality of your air conditioner. Below, we’ve compiled a short list of things to consider along the way.   


Most air conditioning systems last between 15-20 years, so if your cooling system is under ten years old, repairing the unit is probably your best option. Proper maintenance goes a long way towards extending the life of your AC, so it’s essential to keep up with periodic cleaning and tune-ups from a professional HVAC service.

While AC units over ten years may begin to fail more often, repairs may still be your most cost-effective option. Once your AC unit is 15 years or older, it may be time to consider a replacement.  

Repair Cost

It’s normal for air conditioners to need small repairs over time. However, when repair costs begin to add up or start to be more expensive because of the failure of more complex parts, it may be time to consider a new AC unit. 

A good way to assess if you need an AC repair vs. replacement is the 50% rule. If your AC repair bill is less than 50% of the replacement cost, a repair is probably the best option.

Additionally, as long as the AC system isn’t near the end of its lifespan, and you’ve kept it properly maintained, repairs will most likely keep it going for a few more years. On the flip side, if the repair bill is over 50% of the repair cost, and your system is older than ten years, a replacement is probably the more cost-effective option.    

Repair Frequency

You’ll know that your air conditioner is close to needing a replacement when the frequency of repairs increases. If a small repair once or twice a year is the extent of the problem, your AC unit is probably good to last a bit longer.

But if you find yourself with several emergency repair needs every year, a newer and more reliable system will most likely save you money in the long run. If you’re unsure which option benefits you more, ask your certified HVAC technician, and they’ll help guide you toward the decision that’s right for you.   


The efficiency of your air conditioner is determined by what is known as a Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio, or SEER rating. SEER ratings essentially let you know how much energy your AC unit uses over the course of a year, and the higher the number, the better the energy efficiency.

A SEER rating of 14 or higher keeps your energy costs low, so it may be worth repairing the unit. However, if your AC unit is older than ten years and has a SEER rating of under 14, replacing it offers quite a bit of energy savings. It’s also worth looking at your utility bill, because unexplained jumps in monthly costs often mean issues with your air conditioner’s efficiency.    

Pro Comfort Control | Framingham’s Choice for AC Repair and Replacement

At Pro Comfort Control, we want to make sure you’re getting the most out of your air conditioner. We’ll keep your current system running for as long as possible, but at some point, it often makes more sense to replace the unit.

It’s your decision as the homeowner whether you need an AC repair vs. replacement. But the experienced technicians at Pro Comfort Control will offer our honest, professional advice about which option provides more benefit to you. A new system may be more expensive up front, but often pays for itself quickly with the reduction in your energy bills from a newer, more energy-efficient unit.

When you choose the experts at Pro Comfort Control, you’re choosing an AC installation and replacement team with the tools and knowledge to guide you towards making the right decision. Call us today at 508-684-5319 and schedule a free estimate appointment for your home in Framingham, MA.

Author Bio:
Ryan McKernan


Passionate about delivering outstanding craftsmanship and superior customer service. Offering our customers the absolute best selection of heating, cooling, hot water and plumbing equipment and top-quality installation materials with industry leading installers. Brings over 25 years of invaluable experience to every project.

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