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

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When your air conditioner in Indian River County fails, 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 long run. The answer isn’t the same for every homeowner. E.g., a system that has been serviced regularly could be a smarter candidate for an AC repair because it will probably have a longer lifespan than another system that hasn’t been serviced. Many other influences should be taken into account 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 arrange an AC repair or invest in a replacement. Aged systems usually don’t function as efficiently as they did when they were new—and particularly not as efficiently as a new, energy-efficient model. Actually, 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 exact equipment and how well it’s been taken care of, but Energy Star advises upgrading to an energy-efficient unit if your current central air conditioner is greater than 10 years old.

Outside your unit’s age, check out your AC repair history. If your system has failed a few times, it’s probable to fail again—this circumstance can end up costing you more money in the long run. When you consider likely rebates and increased 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 equipment by the cost of the AC repair. If it’s more than $5,000, exchange the system. If it’s less, go for the repair.

Here are some other questions you should consider:

  • Is your house comfortable enough in the summer? If not, your system isn’t keeping up.
  • Are your energy bills increasing without enhanced usage? This is a symptom that your air conditioner is on the fritz.
  • Is your system properly sized? If your unit is too small for your home, it can’t do its job. Likewise, if you’ve recently worked to make your home more energy efficient, your system can in fact be greater 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, Custom Air Systems Inc can help! Our professionals 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 772-571-1080 or set up an appointment for us to come out using our online scheduler.

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