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

When your air conditioner in Bloomfield breaks down, 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 identical for every homeowner. For example, a system that has been serviced regularly could be a realistic candidate for an AC repair because it will generally have a longer lifetime than another system that hasn’t been maintained. Many other factors should be thought about on top of 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 big factor in your verdict to order an AC repair or invest in a replacement. Dated systems usually don’t operate as effectively as they did when they were new—and definitely not as efficiently as a new, energy-efficient model. Actually, you could decrease your energy consumption by more than you may know if you swap out your older system with a new, energy-efficient unit. In many circumstances, this savings will justify investment in a replacement system.

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

Past your unit’s age, look at your AC repair history. If your system has stopped working several times, it’s prone to break down again—this situation can end up costing you more money in the long term. When you consider likely rebates and enhanced efficiency, is a new system going to be more economical in the end?

Many professionals suggest following “The $5,000” rule. Multiply the age of your unit by the cost of the AC repair. If it’s more than $5,000, replace the system. If it’s less, try the repair.

Here are some other questions you should consider:

  • Is your house comfortable enough in the summer? If not, your system isn’t working properly.
  • Are your energy bills spiking without extra usage? This is a symptom that your air conditioner is on the fritz.
  • Is your system properly sized? If your equipment is too small for your home, it can’t function properly. Just the same, if you’ve not long ago taken measures to make your home more energy efficient, your system can in fact be larger than you need to cool a very efficient home.

If you’re not positive if you need an AC repair or if it’s time to get a replacement, Stanford Heating & Cooling can help! Our specialists can help you establish how much life remains in your system and what the ideal option for your home and budget will be. Call us at 812-825-8695 to setup an appointment for us to check it out.

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