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

When your air conditioner in Ronkonkoma fails, 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. For example, a system that has been taken care of could be a realistic 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 considered additionally 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 order an AC repair or invest in a replacement. Aged systems usually don’t run as well as they did when they were new—and definitely not as well as a new, energy-efficient model. In fact, you could decrease your energy consumption by more than you thought possible if you replace your older system with a new, energy-efficient unit. In many circumstances, 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 recommends upgrading to an energy-efficient unit if your existing central air conditioner is greater than 10 years old.

Beyond your unit’s age, look at your AC repair history. If your system has failed several times, it’s probable to stop working again—this situation can end up costing you more money in the future. When you consider possible rebates and increased efficiency, is a new system going to be more cost-effective in the future?

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, change the system. If it’s less, go for the repair.

Here are some other questions you should consider:

  • Is your house cozy enough in the summer? If not, your system isn’t working properly.
  • Are your energy bills spiking without increased usage? This is a indication 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. Just the same, if you’ve just did something 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 consider a replacement, Cool Power LLC can help! Our experts can help you decide how much life is left in your system and what the best option for your home and budget will be. Call us at 631-246-4029 to setup an appointment for us to check it out.

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