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

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When your air conditioner in Cape Coral breaks down, it can be hard to know if it’s time 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 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 call for an AC repair or invest in a replacement. Older 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 decrease your energy consumption by more than you may think if you swap out your older system with a new, energy-efficient unit. Usually, this savings will justify 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 recommends upgrading to an energy-efficient unit if your current central air conditioner is greater than 10 years old.

Outside your unit’s age, look at your AC repair history. If your system has failed a few times, it’s probable to stop working 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 over time?

Many technicians suggest following “The $5,000” rule. Multiply the age of your system 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 increasing without increased usage? This is a symptom that your air conditioner is on the fritz.
  • Is your system properly sized? If your equipment is too small for your home, it can’t function properly. Likewise, if you’ve recently taken measures to make your home more energy efficient, your system can actually 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 remains in your system and what the best option for your home and budget will be. Call us at 239-574-2327 to setup an appointment for us to come out.

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