When your air conditioner in Lexington breaks down, it can be difficult to know if it’s a sign for an AC repair, or if a replacement would be a smarter option for the long term. The answer isn’t similar for every homeowner. For example, a system that has been taken care of could be a better candidate for an AC repair because it will probably have a longer lifespan than another system that hasn’t been serviced. Many other influences should be considered 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. Older systems usually don’t function as effectively as they did when they were new—and particularly not as efficiently as a new, energy-efficient model. Actually, you could reduce your energy consumption by more than you thought possible if you replace your aged system with a new, energy-efficient unit. Usually, this savings will support investment in a replacement system.
So how old is “too old”? That can vary based on your specific equipment and how well it’s been maintained, but Energy Star proposes upgrading to an energy-efficient unit if your existing central air conditioner is more than 10 years old.
Past your unit’s age, check out your AC repair history. If your system has failed several times, it’s prone to stop working again—this situation can end up costing you more money in the long run. When you take into account potential 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, just get the repair.
Here are some other questions you should consider:
- Is your house cozy enough in the summer? If not, your system isn’t running well.
- 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 system is too small for your home, it can’t run efficiently. Likewise, if you’ve not long ago did something 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 unclear about if you need an AC repair or if it’s time to think about a replacement, James Heating & A/C, Inc can help! Our professionals 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 336-853-6070 to setup an appointment for us to come out.