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

When your air conditioner in Locust stops working, it can be tricky 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 identical for every homeowner. E.g., 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 maintained. Many other influences should be considered additionally to this. We’ve got some questions that can help guide 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 call for an AC repair or invest in a replacement. Aged systems usually don’t run as well as they did when they were new—and especially not as efficiently as a new, energy-efficient model. Actually, you could lower your energy consumption by more than you thought possible if you replace your aged system with a new, energy-efficient unit. In many circumstances, this savings will justify 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 cared for, but Energy Star proposes upgrading to an energy-efficient unit if your present-day central air conditioner is more than 10 years old.

Beyond 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 run. When you consider possible rebates and enhanced efficiency, is a new system going to be more economical in the end?

Many experts recommend 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, try 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 increasing without enhanced usage? This is a sign 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. Just the same, if you’ve recently taken measures to make your home more energy efficient, your system can in fact be larger 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 think about a replacement, Dynamic Comfort Solutions can help! Our professionals can help you determine how much life remains in your system and what the top option for your home and budget will be. Call us at 704-485-5506 or schedule an appointment for us to check it out using our online scheduler.