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

When your air conditioner in Derby stops working, it can be tricky to know if it’s time for an AC repair, or if a replacement would be a smarter option for the future. The answer isn’t similar for every homeowner. For instance, a system that has been taken care of could be a better candidate for an AC repair because it will probably have a longer existence than another system that hasn’t been maintained. Many other factors should be taken into account 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 verdict to arrange an AC repair or invest in a replacement. Dated systems usually don’t run as efficiently as they did when they were new—and especially not as effectively as a new, energy-efficient model. In reality, you could lower your energy consumption by more than you thought possible if you swap out your aged 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 maintained, but Energy Star recommends upgrading to an energy-efficient unit if your existing central air conditioner is older than 10 years old.

Outside your unit’s age, examine your AC repair history. If your system has stopped working several times, it’s likely to fail again—this scenario can end up costing you more money in the future. When you think about likely rebates and increased efficiency, is a new system going to be more cost-effective in the end?

Many professionals recommend 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 cozy enough in the summer? If not, your system isn’t working properly.
  • Are your energy bills going up without increased usage? This is a symptom that your air conditioner is failing.
  • Is your system properly sized? If your equipment is too small for your home, it can’t run efficiently. Also, if you’ve not long ago 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 positive if you need an AC repair or if it’s time to think about a replacement, Giordanos Heating and Air Conditioning can help! Our experts can help you decide how much life lingers in your system and what the best option for your home and budget will be. Call us at 203-734-7648 to setup an appointment for us to come out.

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