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

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When your air conditioner in Englewood breaks down, it can be difficult to know if it’s a sign for an AC repair, or if a replacement would be a greater option for the long term. The answer isn’t similar for every homeowner. E.g., a system that has been well maintained could be a better 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 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. Dated systems usually don’t operate as effectively as they did when they were new—and especially not as well as a new, energy-efficient model. In reality, you could reduce your energy consumption by more than you thought possible if you swap out your aged system with a new, energy-efficient unit. Usually, this savings will support investment in a replacement system.

So how old is “too old”? That can vary based on your specific equipment and how well it’s been taken care of, but Energy Star proposes upgrading to an energy-efficient unit if your existing central air conditioner is greater than 10 years old.

Past your unit’s age, check out your AC repair history. If your system has stopped working a few times, it’s probable to fail again—this circumstance can end up costing you more money in the long run. When you think about potential rebates and increased efficiency, is a new system going to be more cost-effective over time?

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, replace 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 going up without enhanced 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. Likewise, if you’ve just taken measures to make your home more energy efficient, your system can essentially 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, Symbiont Service Corp can help! Our experts can help you decide how much life is left in your system and what the top option for your home and budget will be. Call us at 941-306-4161 to setup an appointment for us to come out.

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