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

When your air conditioner in Carson City breaks down, it can be difficult to know if it’s a sign for an AC repair, or if a replacement would be a better option for the future. The answer isn’t the same for every homeowner. For instance, a system that has been well maintained could be a better candidate for an AC repair because it will generally have a longer lifetime 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 big factor in your choice to arrange an AC repair or invest in a replacement. Dated systems usually don’t operate as efficiently as they did when they were new—and definitely 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 In fact, you could lower your energy consumption by more than you may think if you swap out your outdated system with a new, energy-efficient unit. In many circumstances, this savings will support investment in a replacement system.

So how old is “too old”? That can differ based on your particular equipment and how well it’s been maintained, 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 stopped working a couple of times, it’s likely to fail again—this scenario can end up costing you more money in the future. When you consider likely rebates and enhanced efficiency, is a new system going to be more cost-effective in the future?

Many professionals 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, exchange the system. If it’s less, just get the repair.

Here are some other questions you should consider:

  • Is your house cozy enough in the summer? If not, your system isn’t running well.
  • Are your energy bills increasing without extra usage? This is a indication that your air conditioner is failing.
  • Is your system properly sized? If your unit is too small for your home, it can’t function properly. Also, if you’ve just 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 think about a replacement, Anderson Heating & A/C can help! Our specialists can help you decide how much life remains in your system and what the ideal option for your home and budget will be. Call us at 775-230-7628 to setup an appointment for us to check it out.

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