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

When your air conditioner in Safford stops working, it can be tricky to know if it’s time for an AC repair, or if a replacement would be a greater option for the long run. The answer isn’t similar for every homeowner. For instance, a system that has been taken care of could be a smarter candidate for an AC repair because it will almost certainly have a longer lifespan than another system that hasn’t been maintained. Many other aspects should be taken into account on top of 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 huge factor in your decision to arrange an AC repair or invest in a replacement. Dated systems usually don’t operate as well as they did when they were new—and especially not as well 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 In reality, you could decrease your energy consumption by more than you may know if you replace your outdated system with a new, energy-efficient unit.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 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 greater than 10 years old.

Past your unit’s age, examine your AC repair history. If your system has failed several times, it’s likely to fail again—this circumstance can end up costing you more money in the long term. When you consider possible rebates and enhanced efficiency, is a new system going to be more economical in the end?

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, change the system. If it’s less, try the repair.

Here are some other questions you should consider:

  • Is your house cozy enough in the summer? If not, your system isn’t keeping up.
  • Are your energy bills spiking without increased usage? This is a sign that your air conditioner is failing.
  • Is your system properly sized? If your equipment is too small for your home, it can’t function properly. Also, if you’ve just worked to make your home more energy efficient, your system can actually 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 get a replacement, B&D Air Conditioning can help! Our specialists can help you determine how much life is left in your system and what the top option for your home and budget will be. Call us at 928-432-6018 to setup an appointment for us to check it out.

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