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

When your air conditioner in Cape Coral breaks down, it can be tricky to know if it’s an occasion for an AC repair, or if a replacement would be a greater option for the future. The answer isn’t the same for every homeowner. E.g., a system that has been taken care of could be a better candidate for an AC repair because it will generally have a longer existence than another system that hasn’t been upheld. Many other factors should be taken into account in addition 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 run as well as they did when they were new—and particularly not as well 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 In fact, you could reduce your energy consumption by more than you may think if you swap out your outdated system with a new, energy-efficient unit. In many circumstances, this savings will rationalize investment in a replacement system.

So how old is “too old”? That can vary 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 likely to break down again—this circumstance can end up costing you more money in the long run. When you take into account likely rebates and enhanced efficiency, is a new system going to be more economical in the end?

Many professionals suggest 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, replace the system. If it’s less, try the repair.

Here are some other questions you should consider:

  • Is your house comfortable enough in the summer? If not, your system isn’t working properly.
  • Are your energy bills going up without extra usage? This is a sign that your air conditioner is breaking down.
  • Is your system properly sized? If your system is too small for your home, it can’t function properly. 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 get a replacement, Comfort Zone Inc can help! Our experts can help you establish how much life is left in your system and what the best option for your home and budget will be. Call us at 239-214-0411 to setup an appointment for us to come out.

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