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

When your air conditioner in Saint Marys breaks down, it can be hard to know if it’s a sign 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. E.g., a system that has been taken care of could be a smarter candidate for an AC repair because it will almost certainly have a longer existence than another system that hasn’t been serviced. Many other aspects should be considered additionally to this. We’ve got some questions that can help direct 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 decision to order an AC repair or invest in a replacement. Aged systems usually don’t run as well as they did when they were new—and especially not as well as a new, energy-efficient model. In fact, you could decrease your energy consumption by more than you may know if you replace your outdated system with a new, energy-efficient unit. In many circumstances, this savings will support investment in a replacement system.

So how old is “too old”? That can vary based on your particular equipment and how well it’s been cared for, but Energy Star advises upgrading to an energy-efficient unit if your existing central air conditioner is more 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 prone to fail again—this situation can end up costing you more money in the long term. When you think about possible rebates and increased efficiency, is a new system going to be more economical over time?

Many professionals 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, change 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 going up without increased 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. Likewise, if you’ve just taken measures to make your home more energy efficient, your system can essentially be greater 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, Turner Brothers Heating & Air Conditioning can help! Our specialists can help you establish how much life lingers in your system and what the top option for your home and budget will be. Call us at 912-208-2470 to setup an appointment for us to check it out.

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