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

When your air conditioner in West Jefferson breaks down, it can be hard to know if it’s time for an AC repair, or if a replacement would be a smarter option for the future. The answer isn’t identical for every homeowner. E.g., a system that has been serviced regularly could be a better candidate for an AC repair because it will almost certainly have a longer lifetime than another system that hasn’t been maintained. Many other influences 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 choice to call for an AC repair or invest in a replacement. Dated systems usually don’t operate as efficiently 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 thought possible if you swap out your older 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 differ based on your specific equipment and how well it’s been taken care of, but Energy Star proposes 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 a couple of times, it’s likely to break down again—this scenario can end up costing you more money in the long run. When you consider likely rebates and enhanced efficiency, is a new system going to be more cost-effective in the future?

Many professionals 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, 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 working properly.
  • Are your energy bills increasing without increased usage? This is a sign that your air conditioner is breaking down.
  • Is your system properly sized? If your unit is too small for your home, it can’t run efficiently. Also, if you’ve recently taken measures 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 think about a replacement, West Jefferson Plumbing and Heating, Inc. can help! Our experts can help you determine how much life is left in your system and what the ideal option for your home and budget will be. Call us at 614-450-1575 to setup an appointment for us to visit you.

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