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

When your air conditioner in Brighton breaks down, 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 identical for every homeowner. For instance, a system that has been taken care of could be a realistic candidate for an AC repair because it will probably have a longer lifespan than another system that hasn’t been maintained. Many other aspects should be considered additionally 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 call for an AC repair or invest in a replacement. Older systems usually don’t run as well as they did when they were new—and definitely not as efficiently as a new, energy-efficient model. In fact, you could reduce your energy consumption by more than you thought possible if you replace your aged 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 differ 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 older than 10 years old.

Beyond your unit’s age, check out your AC repair history. If your system has failed a couple of times, it’s prone to stop working again—this circumstance can end up costing you more money in the long term. When you consider possible rebates and increased efficiency, is a new system going to be more economical in the end?

Many technicians suggest 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, replace the system. If it’s less, try the repair.

Here are some other questions you should consider:

  • Is your house comfortable 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 on the fritz.
  • Is your system properly sized? If your system is too small for your home, it can’t function properly. 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 unclear about if you need an AC repair or if it’s time to think about a replacement, D & D Heating & AC can help! Our experts can help you decide how much life is left in your system and what the ideal option for your home and budget will be. Call us at 720-316-1401 to setup an appointment for us to check it out.

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