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

When your air conditioner in Savage stops working, it can be difficult to know if it’s a sign for an AC repair, or if a replacement would be a smarter option for the long run. The answer isn’t similar for every homeowner. E.g., a system that has been well maintained could be a better candidate for an AC repair because it will generally have a longer lifespan than another system that hasn’t been maintained. Many other influences should be thought about 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 verdict to order an AC repair or invest in a replacement. Aged systems usually don’t function as efficiently as they did when they were new—and definitely not as effectively as a new, energy-efficient model. In fact, you could lower your energy consumption by more than you thought possible if you exchange your outdated system with a new, energy-efficient unit. In many circumstances, this savings will justify investment in a replacement system.

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

Past your unit’s age, check out your AC repair history. If your system has broken down a couple of times, it’s prone to break down again—this scenario can end up costing you more money in the long term. When you take into account likely rebates and enhanced efficiency, is a new system going to be more economical over time?

Many experts 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, 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 indication 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. Likewise, if you’ve recently 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 think about a replacement, Gopher Heating and Air Conditioning can help! Our specialists can help you establish how much life is left in your system and what the ideal option for your home and budget will be. Call us at 952-373-0377 to setup an appointment for us to visit you.

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