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

When your air conditioner in Reinholds stops working, 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 the same for every homeowner. For example, a system that has been serviced regularly could be a smarter candidate for an AC repair because it will almost certainly have a longer lifetime than another system that hasn’t been maintained. Many other aspects should be thought about in addition 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 big factor in your verdict to arrange an AC repair or invest in a replacement. Aged systems usually don’t run 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 In reality, you could reduce your energy consumption by more than you may know if you swap out your outdated system with a new, energy-efficient unit. Most often, this savings will justify investment in a replacement system.

So how old is “too old”? That can change based on your exact equipment and how well it’s been cared for, but Energy Star proposes upgrading to an energy-efficient unit if your existing central air conditioner is more than 10 years old.

Outside your unit’s age, check out your AC repair history. If your system has failed a few times, it’s prone to stop working again—this situation can end up costing you more money in the long term. When you take into account potential rebates and enhanced efficiency, is a new system going to be more lucrative in the future?

Many technicians recommend 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 comfortable enough in the summer? If not, your system isn’t running well.
  • Are your energy bills spiking without extra usage? This is a sign that your air conditioner is breaking down.
  • Is your system properly sized? If your equipment is too small for your home, it can’t run efficiently. Likewise, if you’ve recently worked to make your home more energy efficient, your system can actually be bigger 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 get a replacement, County Line Mechanical LLC can help! Our experts can help you determine how much life remains in your system and what the top option for your home and budget will be. Call us at 717-216-0846 to setup an appointment for us to check it out.

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