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

When your air conditioner in Mechanicsville breaks down, it can be hard to know if it’s an occasion for an AC repair, or if a replacement would be a greater option for the long run. The answer isn’t identical for every homeowner. E.g., a system that has been taken care of could be a smarter candidate for an AC repair because it will almost certainly have a longer existence than another system that hasn’t been upheld. Many other factors should be taken into account in addition to this. We’ve got some questions that can help lead 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 choice to order an AC repair or invest in a replacement. Older systems usually don’t run as well as they did when they were new—and especially not as effectively as a new, energy-efficient model. Actually, you could reduce your energy consumption by more than you may think if you replace your outdated system with a new, energy-efficient unit. Most often, this savings will rationalize investment in a replacement system.

So how old is “too old”? That can differ based on your exact equipment and how well it’s been cared for, but Energy Star proposes upgrading to an energy-efficient unit if your existing central air conditioner is older than 10 years old.

Past your unit’s age, look at your AC repair history. If your system has failed several times, it’s prone to fail again—this scenario can end up costing you more money in the long term. When you consider likely rebates and improved 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 equipment 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 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 run efficiently. Also, if you’ve just did something to make your home more energy efficient, your system can essentially be greater 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 get a replacement, M & S Heating & Air LLC can help! Our specialists can help you establish how much life lingers in your system and what the best option for your home and budget will be. Call us at 301-363-4699 to setup an appointment for us to visit you.

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