When your air conditioner in Safford breaks down, it can be tricky 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 example, a system that has been well maintained could be a better candidate for an AC repair because it will probably have a longer existence than another system that hasn’t been maintained. Many other influences should be considered in addition 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 verdict to call for an AC repair or invest in a replacement. Dated systems usually don’t run as well as they did when they were new—and particularly 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 exchange your aged system with a new, energy-efficient unit. Usually, this savings will justify 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 maintained, but Energy Star advises upgrading to an energy-efficient unit if your existing central air conditioner is more than 10 years old.
Beyond your unit’s age, examine your AC repair history. If your system has stopped working a couple of times, it’s prone to break down again—this situation can end up costing you more money in the long term. When you consider likely rebates and improved efficiency, is a new system going to be more economical in the end?
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, change the system. If it’s less, go for 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 system is too small for your home, it can’t run efficiently. Also, if you’ve not long ago worked 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 think about a replacement, B&D Air Conditioning can help! Our professionals can help you decide how much life lingers in your system and what the best option for your home and budget will be. Call us at 928-432-6018 to setup an appointment for us to visit you.