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

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When your air conditioner in Branchville stops working, it can be tricky to know if it’s a sign for an AC repair, or if a replacement would be a greater option for the future. The answer isn’t similar for every homeowner. For example, a system that has been taken care of could be a realistic candidate for an AC repair because it will generally have a longer existence than another system that hasn’t been upheld. Many other factors should be considered additionally 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 large factor in your choice to order an AC repair or invest in a replacement. Dated systems usually don’t operate as efficiently as they did when they were new—and particularly not as well as a new, energy-efficient model. In fact, you could lower your energy consumption by more than you may think if you swap out your outdated system with a new, energy-efficient unit. Usually, 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 advises upgrading to an energy-efficient unit if your current central air conditioner is greater than 10 years old.

Past your unit’s age, look at your AC repair history. If your system has stopped working several times, it’s likely to fail again—this situation can end up costing you more money in the future. When you consider potential rebates and improved efficiency, is a new system going to be more economical in the future?

Many technicians 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, 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 keeping up.
  • Are your energy bills going up without enhanced usage? This is a symptom that your air conditioner is breaking down.
  • Is your system properly sized? If your unit is too small for your home, it can’t function properly. Just the same, if you’ve not long ago taken measures to make your home more energy efficient, your system can essentially 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 get a replacement, Willco Air Conditioning, Refrigeration & Heating Inc. can help! Our specialists can help you decide how much life lingers in your system and what the top option for your home and budget will be. Call us at 862-345-6896 or set up an appointment for us to visit you using our online scheduler.

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