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

When your air conditioner in Hickory fails, it can be hard to know if it’s a sign for an AC repair, or if a replacement would be a greater 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 realistic candidate for an AC repair because it will generally have a longer existence than another system that hasn’t been serviced. Many other factors should be considered additionally to this. We’ve got some questions that can help lead 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. Aged systems usually don’t operate as effectively as they did when they were new—and definitely not as well as a new, energy-efficient model. Actually, you could reduce your energy consumption by more than you may think if you replace your aged system with a new, energy-efficient unit. In many circumstances, this savings will rationalize 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 maintained, 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, check out your AC repair history. If your system has stopped working a few times, it’s prone to break down again—this circumstance can end up costing you more money in the future. When you think about potential rebates and increased 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 equipment by the cost of the AC repair. If it’s more than $5,000, exchange the system. If it’s less, go for 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 spiking without enhanced usage? This is a symptom that your air conditioner is breaking down.
  • Is your system properly sized? If your equipment is too small for your home, it can’t do its job. Also, if you’ve just worked to make your home more energy efficient, your system can in fact be larger 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 consider a replacement, Climate Control Systems can help! Our experts 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 828-283-0369 to setup an appointment for us to visit you.

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