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

When your air conditioner in West Palm Beach breaks down, it can be hard 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 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 lifetime than another system that hasn’t been upheld. Many other factors should be thought about on top of to this. We’ve got some questions that can help lead 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. Aged systems usually don’t operate as efficiently as they did when they were new—and particularly not as effectively as a new, energy-efficient model. In fact, you could reduce your energy consumption by more than you may think if you swap out your aged 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 change based on your specific 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 more than 10 years old.

Beyond your unit’s age, examine your AC repair history. If your system has failed a few times, it’s prone to stop working again—this situation can end up costing you more money in the future. When you take into account likely rebates and increased efficiency, is a new system going to be more economical in the future?

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

Here are some other questions you should consider:

  • Is your house cool enough in the summer? If not, your system isn’t working properly.
  • Are your energy bills spiking without enhanced usage? This is a sign that your air conditioner is breaking down.
  • Is your system properly sized? If your equipment is too small for your home, it can’t do its job. Just the same, 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 get a replacement, Summit Air Conditioning Inc can help! Our specialists can help you decide how much life remains in your system and what the best option for your home and budget will be. Call us at 561-582-3390 or set up an appointment for us to come out using our online scheduler.