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

When your air conditioner in Marshfield fails, it can be difficult to know if it’s an occasion for an AC repair, or if a replacement would be a better option for the long term. The answer isn’t the same for every homeowner. For example, a system that has been well maintained could be a realistic candidate for an AC repair because it will probably have a longer lifespan than another system that hasn’t been maintained. Many other aspects 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 large factor in your decision to order an AC repair or invest in a replacement. Older systems usually don’t run as efficiently as they did when they were new—and especially not as well as a new, energy-efficient model. In reality, you could decrease your energy consumption by more than you may know if you exchange your aged system with a new, energy-efficient unit. Most often, this savings will support investment in a replacement system.

So how old is “too old”? That can vary based on your exact equipment and how well it’s been taken care of, but Energy Star advises upgrading to an energy-efficient unit if your current central air conditioner is more than 10 years old.

Past your unit’s age, examine your AC repair history. If your system has failed several times, it’s likely to fail again—this situation can end up costing you more money in the long run. When you think about potential rebates and improved efficiency, is a new system going to be more economical in the future?

Many experts recommend 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, exchange the system. If it’s less, just get the repair.

Here are some other questions you should consider:

  • Is your house cozy enough in the summer? If not, your system isn’t keeping up.
  • Are your energy bills going up without enhanced usage? This is a sign that your air conditioner is on the fritz.
  • Is your system properly sized? If your unit is too small for your home, it can’t do its job. Likewise, if you’ve just taken measures to make your home more energy efficient, your system can essentially be bigger 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 think about a replacement, House of Heating Incorporated can help! Our specialists can help you decide how much life remains in your system and what the top option for your home and budget will be. Call us at 715-384-3163 to setup an appointment for us to come out.

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