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

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When your air conditioner in Rocky Mount stops working, it can be difficult to know if it’s time for an AC repair, or if a replacement would be a better option for the long term. The answer isn’t similar for every homeowner. For example, a system that has been serviced regularly could be a better candidate for an AC repair because it will almost certainly have a longer lifetime than another system that hasn’t been upheld. Many other influences should be considered on top of 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 efficiently as they did when they were new—and definitely not as efficiently as a new, energy-efficient model. In reality, you could decrease your energy consumption by more than you may know if you replace your outdated system with a new, energy-efficient unit.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 particular equipment and how well it’s been maintained, but Energy Star advises upgrading to an energy-efficient unit if your existing central air conditioner is older than 10 years old.

Outside your unit’s age, look at your AC repair history. If your system has broken down several times, it’s likely to break down again—this circumstance can end up costing you more money in the long term. When you think about possible rebates and increased efficiency, is a new system going to be more lucrative in the future?

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 cool enough in the summer? If not, your system isn’t keeping up.
  • Are your energy bills going up without enhanced usage? This is a indication that your air conditioner is failing.
  • Is your system properly sized? If your system is too small for your home, it can’t function properly. Just the same, if you’ve not long ago did something to make your home more energy efficient, your system can essentially 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, Davis Heating & Air Conditioning can help! Our professionals can help you decide how much life remains in your system and what the top option for your home and budget will be. Call us at 540-483-5605 to setup an appointment for us to come out.

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