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

When your air conditioner in Rochester stops working, it can be hard to know if it’s a sign for an AC repair, or if a replacement would be a smarter option for the long term. The answer isn’t the same for every homeowner. For example, a system that has been well maintained could be a smarter candidate for an AC repair because it will probably have a longer lifetime than another system that hasn’t been serviced. Many other factors should be thought about on top of 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 huge factor in your decision to call for an AC repair or invest in a replacement. Dated systems usually don’t operate as well as they did when they were new—and definitely not as efficiently 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 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 specific equipment and how well it’s been taken care of, but Energy Star advises upgrading to an energy-efficient unit if your present-day central air conditioner is more than 10 years old.

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

Many technicians 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, exchange the system. If it’s less, go for 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 spiking without enhanced usage? This is a symptom 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 do its job. Likewise, if you’ve just worked to make your home more energy efficient, your system can in fact be greater 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, Brogan Heating & AC Inc can help! Our experts can help you establish how much life is left in your system and what the best option for your home and budget will be. Call us at 507-218-0088 to setup an appointment for us to check it out.

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