When your air conditioner in Troy fails, it can be hard to know if it’s a sign for an AC repair, or if a replacement would be a greater 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 smarter candidate for an AC repair because it will probably have a longer lifetime than another system that hasn’t been upheld. Many other influences 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. Aged systems usually don’t function as efficiently as they did when they were new—and definitely 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 In reality, you could lower your energy consumption by more than you thought possible if you exchange your outdated system with a new, energy-efficient unit. Most often, this savings will support investment in a replacement system.
So how old is “too old”? That can vary based on your exact equipment and how well it’s been cared for, but Energy Star recommends upgrading to an energy-efficient unit if your current central air conditioner is more than 10 years old.
Outside your unit’s age, look at your AC repair history. If your system has failed several times, it’s probable to stop working again—this situation can end up costing you more money in the long term. When you think about possible rebates and improved efficiency, is a new system going to be more lucrative in the future?
Many experts advise following “The $5,000” rule. Multiply the age of your equipment by the cost of the AC repair. If it’s more than $5,000, change 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 working properly.
- Are your energy bills increasing 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 run efficiently. Likewise, if you’ve just worked 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 not sure if you need an AC repair or if it’s time to think about a replacement, Edington Heating & Cooling Inc can help! Our specialists can help you establish how much life lingers in your system and what the ideal option for your home and budget will be. Call us at 937-558-9478 to setup an appointment for us to check it out.