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

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When your air conditioner in Westminster fails, it can be hard to know if it’s time for an AC repair, or if a replacement would be a smarter option for the long term. The answer isn’t the same for every homeowner. For instance, a system that has been serviced regularly could be a realistic candidate for an AC repair because it will probably have a longer lifespan than another system that hasn’t been upheld. Many other factors should be considered in addition 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 choice to order 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 In fact, you could decrease your energy consumption by more than you may know if you replace your outdated system with a new, energy-efficient unit. In many circumstances, this savings will support investment in a replacement system.

So how old is “too old”? That can change based on your exact equipment and how well it’s been cared for, but Energy Star advises upgrading to an energy-efficient unit if your existing central air conditioner is more than 10 years old.

Past your unit’s age, look at your AC repair history. If your system has failed a few times, it’s likely to break down again—this scenario can end up costing you more money in the long term. When you think about possible rebates and improved efficiency, is a new system going to be more cost-effective over time?

Many professionals suggest 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, 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 running well.
  • Are your energy bills going up without increased usage? This is a sign 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 function properly. Likewise, if you’ve just taken measures 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 not positive if you need an AC repair or if it’s time to consider a replacement, True Heating & Cooling can help! Our professionals can help you establish how much life lingers in your system and what the top option for your home and budget will be. Call us at 720-316-1898 to setup an appointment for us to check it out.

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