How to Determine if Its Time for an AC Repair or Replacement

When your air conditioner in Litchfield Park stops working, it can be hard to know if it’s time for an AC repair, or if a replacement would be a better option for the future. The answer isn’t the same for every homeowner. E.g., a system that has been taken care of could be a realistic candidate for an AC repair because it will almost certainly have a longer lifespan than another system that hasn’t been serviced. Many other influences should be taken into account additionally to this. We’ve got some questions that can help guide you.

How old is your system and how often are you repairing it?

The age of your air conditioner is a huge factor in your verdict to order an AC repair or invest in a replacement. Dated systems usually don’t function as well as they did when they were new—and especially not as efficiently as a new, energy-efficient model. Actually, you could lower your energy consumption by more than you may think if you replace your outdated system with a new, energy-efficient unit. Most often, this savings will justify investment in a replacement system.

So how old is “too old”? That can differ based on your specific equipment and how well it’s been maintained, but Energy Star proposes upgrading to an energy-efficient unit if your current central air conditioner is greater than 10 years old.

Beyond your unit’s age, check out your AC repair history. If your system has broken down a few times, it’s likely to break down again—this circumstance can end up costing you more money in the future. When you take into account possible rebates and enhanced efficiency, is a new system going to be more cost-effective in the future?

Many technicians recommend following “The $5,000” rule. Multiply the age of your system by the cost of the AC repair. If it’s more than $5,000, exchange the system. If it’s less, just get the repair.

Here are some other questions you should consider:

  • Is your house cool enough in the summer? If not, your system isn’t keeping up.
  • Are your energy bills spiking without enhanced usage? This is a sign that your air conditioner is failing.
  • Is your system properly sized? If your unit is too small for your home, it can’t function properly. Likewise, if you’ve just worked to make your home more energy efficient, your system can actually be larger than you need to cool a very efficient home.

If you’re not sure if you need an AC repair or if it’s time to get a replacement, Cooler Tymes LLC can help! Our experts can help you decide how much life remains in your system and what the best option for your home and budget will be. Call us at 623-208-6444 to setup an appointment for us to check it out.

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