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

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When your air conditioner in Brandon fails, it can be difficult to know if it’s a sign for an AC repair, or if a replacement would be a better option for the future. The answer isn’t identical for every homeowner. For instance, a system that has been taken care of 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 aspects should be taken into account on top of 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 decision to arrange an AC repair or invest in a replacement. Aged systems usually don’t run as effectively 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 replace your aged 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 particular equipment and how well it’s been taken care of, but Energy Star advises upgrading to an energy-efficient unit if your present-day central air conditioner is older than 10 years old.

Outside your unit’s age, look at your AC repair history. If your system has failed a couple of times, it’s likely to break down again—this situation can end up costing you more money in the long run. When you take into account potential rebates and increased efficiency, is a new system going to be more cost-effective over time?

Many professionals advise 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 keeping up.
  • Are your energy bills going up without enhanced 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 run efficiently. Just the same, if you’ve just worked to make your home more energy efficient, your system can essentially be larger 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 think about a replacement, Brandon Heating and Plumbing (1998) Ltd. can help! Our specialists can help you determine how much life is left in your system and what the best option for your home and budget will be. Call us at 204-728-0180 to setup an appointment for us to check it out.

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