When your air conditioner in Arlington 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 similar for every homeowner. For instance, a system that has been well maintained could be a better candidate for an AC repair because it will almost certainly have a longer lifetime than another system that hasn’t been maintained. Many other factors should be thought about 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 big factor in your decision to order an AC repair or invest in a replacement. Older systems usually don’t run as effectively as they did when they were new—and especially not as effectively as a new, energy-efficient model. In reality, you could lower your energy consumption by more than you thought possible if you exchange your older system with a new, energy-efficient unit. Most often, this savings will support 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 older than 10 years old.
Outside your unit’s age, examine your AC repair history. If your system has stopped working a few times, it’s likely to break down again—this situation can end up costing you more money in the future. When you consider possible rebates and enhanced efficiency, is a new system going to be more economical in the end?
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, 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 spiking without enhanced usage? This is a indication that your air conditioner is on the fritz.
- Is your system properly sized? If your unit is too small for your home, it can’t function properly. Likewise, if you’ve just worked to make your home more energy efficient, your system can essentially be bigger 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, Service Max Heating & Air Conditioning can help! Our specialists can help you decide how much life remains in your system and what the top option for your home and budget will be. Call us at 360-255-5857 to setup an appointment for us to come out.