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

When your air conditioner in Perry fails, it can be tricky to know if it’s a sign for an AC repair, or if a replacement would be a better option for the future. The answer isn’t similar for every homeowner. For instance, a system that has been serviced regularly could be a better candidate for an AC repair because it will generally have a longer existence than another system that hasn’t been upheld. 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 huge factor in your choice to arrange an AC repair or invest in a replacement. Older systems usually don’t run as effectively as they did when they were new—and particularly not as effectively as a new, energy-efficient model. Actually, you could lower your energy consumption by more than you thought possible if you exchange your older system with a new, energy-efficient unit. Most often, this savings will rationalize investment in a replacement system.

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

Outside your unit’s age, examine your AC repair history. If your system has stopped working several times, it’s likely to fail again—this situation can end up costing you more money in the long term. When you think about potential rebates and improved efficiency, is a new system going to be more cost-effective over time?

Many technicians advise 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, 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 running well.
  • Are your energy bills going up without increased 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 not long ago did something 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 unclear about if you need an AC repair or if it’s time to get a replacement, Gillman Heating and Air can help! Our specialists can help you determine how much life remains in your system and what the top option for your home and budget will be. Call us at 478-202-3076 to setup an appointment for us to come out.

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