How to Determine if It’s Time for an AC Repair or Replacement

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When your air conditioner in Stuart fails, 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 long run. The answer isn’t identical for every homeowner. E.g., a system that has been serviced regularly could be a smarter candidate for an AC repair because it will probably have a longer lifetime than another system that hasn’t been serviced. Many other influences should be considered in addition 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 decision to arrange an AC repair or invest in a replacement. Dated systems usually don’t operate as well as they did when they were new—and especially not as efficiently as a new, energy-efficient model. In reality, you could reduce your energy consumption by more than you may know if you swap out your older system with a new, energy-efficient unit. Usually, 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 cared for, but Energy Star recommends upgrading to an energy-efficient unit if your present-day central air conditioner is greater than 10 years old.

Past your unit’s age, look at your AC repair history. If your system has failed a couple of times, it’s likely to stop working again—this situation can end up costing you more money in the long run. When you take into account potential rebates and increased efficiency, is a new system going to be more lucrative in the future?

Many experts advise 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 comfortable 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 system is too small for your home, it can’t function properly. Also, if you’ve not long ago taken measures to make your home more energy efficient, your system can in fact 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 get a replacement, Breathe Healthier Air Inc can help! Our specialists can help you establish how much life lingers in your system and what the best option for your home and budget will be. Call us at 772-600-7151 to setup an appointment for us to check it out.

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