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

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When your air conditioner in New Castle breaks down, it can be tricky to know if it’s a sign for an AC repair, or if a replacement would be a smarter option for the future. The answer isn’t identical for every homeowner. For instance, 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 upheld. Many other factors should be considered in addition 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 verdict to call for an AC repair or invest in a replacement. Dated systems usually don’t operate as effectively as they did when they were new—and especially not as effectively as a new, energy-efficient model. Actually, you could lower your energy consumption by more than you thought possible if you swap out your older system with a new, energy-efficient unit. Most often, 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 cared for, but Energy Star proposes upgrading to an energy-efficient unit if your present-day 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 couple of times, it’s likely to stop working again—this circumstance can end up costing you more money in the long run. When you consider possible rebates and improved 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 system 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 cool enough in the summer? If not, your system isn’t keeping up.
  • Are your energy bills increasing without enhanced usage? This is a sign 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 run efficiently. Likewise, if you’ve recently did something 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 sure if you need an AC repair or if it’s time to think about a replacement, Central Heating & Plumbing can help! Our experts can help you decide how much life lingers in your system and what the ideal option for your home and budget will be. Call us at 724-658-7111 to setup an appointment for us to visit you.

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