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

When your air conditioner in Colfax stops working, it can be tricky to know if it’s an occasion for an AC repair, or if a replacement would be a smarter option for the long term. The answer isn’t identical for every homeowner. For example, a system that has been well maintained could be a smarter candidate for an AC repair because it will almost certainly have a longer lifetime than another system that hasn’t been serviced. Many other factors should be thought about additionally 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 large factor in your choice to call for an AC repair or invest in a replacement. Dated systems usually don’t operate as well as they did when they were new—and especially not as well as a new, energy-efficient model. Actually, you could decrease your energy consumption by more than you may think if you replace your older system with a new, energy-efficient unit. Most often, this savings will rationalize investment in a replacement system.

So how old is “too old”? That can vary based on your particular equipment and how well it’s been maintained, 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 several times, it’s probable to break down again—this scenario can end up costing you more money in the long run. When you consider potential rebates and improved efficiency, is a new system going to be more cost-effective over time?

Many experts recommend 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, just get 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 going up without increased usage? This is a sign that your air conditioner is breaking down.
  • Is your system properly sized? If your unit is too small for your home, it can’t do its job. Also, 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, Ackerman Heating & Air Conditioning can help! Our experts can help you decide how much life is left in your system and what the ideal option for your home and budget will be. Call us at 509-397-3622 or set up an appointment for us to visit you using our online scheduler.