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

When your air conditioner in Hendersonville stops working, it can be difficult to know if it’s an occasion for an AC repair, or if a replacement would be a smarter option for the long run. The answer isn’t similar for every homeowner. For example, 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 upheld. Many other aspects should be considered in addition 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 big factor in your verdict to arrange an AC repair or invest in a replacement. Aged systems usually don’t operate 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 In reality, you could lower your energy consumption by more than you may think if you swap out your outdated system with a new, energy-efficient unit. In many circumstances, this savings will rationalize investment in a replacement system.

So how old is “too old”? That can change based on your exact 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 more than 10 years old.

Beyond your unit’s age, check out your AC repair history. If your system has stopped working a few times, it’s prone to fail again—this circumstance can end up costing you more money in the future. When you take into account potential rebates and improved efficiency, is a new system going to be more lucrative in the future?

Many technicians advise 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, 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 running well.
  • Are your energy bills spiking without increased usage? This is a indication that your air conditioner is breaking down.
  • Is your system properly sized? If your unit is too small for your home, it can’t function properly. Just the same, if you’ve just taken measures to make your home more energy efficient, your system can in fact 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, Superior Comfort Systems can help! Our specialists can help you determine how much life lingers in your system and what the top option for your home and budget will be. Call us at 828-775-5176 or schedule an appointment for us to visit you using our online scheduler.