How Much Does it Cost to Repair an A/C Unit?

Repair an A/C Unit Costs
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On average, A/C repair costs $319 nationally, with most homeowners spending between $167 and $496. This data is based on actual project costs as reported by HomeAdvisor members.

There is nothing worse than having your air conditioner break just as the 90-degree heat hits. You can ensure your air conditioning unit stays in working order all year long with regular service. And if you do need a repair, here are a few things to ask your A/C specialist.

What are the signs I need an AC repair?

Listen to your AC. It'll tell you when it is in need of repair by making sounds such as clunking and whistling. Many people assume that an air conditioner naturally makes these, but that is not the case. This is a sign that you need repair work done on your system. Another telltale sign is that your air conditioning isn't cooling your home as effectively as it used to. Although it will take your system a bit longer to cool your house on an extremely hot day, the real question is if your air conditioning isn't cooling your home as consistently or as well as it once did.

Can I postpone a repair?

Although your air conditioning system may continue to work even if it is making strange noises and even if it has diminished effectiveness, that is not a reason to put off getting it repaired or serviced. If you wait too long, it could overheat and burn out for good, thus forcing you to replace it.

What can I do to take care of my AC to keep it working properly?

If you periodically clean out the air filter, check to see if there are any obstructions. Keep your system turned off when you don't need it. Doing so will greatly extend the life of your AC and cut down on the number of visits from your HVAC pro.

What am I looking for in an air conditioner repair pro?

When hiring a technician, look at the online ratings and reviews from other customers and look into the background of the company or professional. You want to hire a service provider that is competent and has the experience to solve your problem. Last but not least, ask the pro to provide references.


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