When your air conditioner in Mobile stops working, it can be tricky to know if it’s an occasion 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. E.g., a system that has been serviced regularly could be a better candidate for an AC repair because it will generally have a longer lifetime than another system that hasn’t been maintained. Many other factors should be considered on top of 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 large factor in your verdict to call for an AC repair or invest in a replacement. Aged systems usually don’t function as well as they did when they were new—and particularly not as effectively as a new, energy-efficient model. Actually, you could reduce your energy consumption by more than you thought possible if you exchange your aged 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 vary based on your specific equipment and how well it’s been cared for, 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 broken down a couple of times, it’s probable to stop working again—this scenario can end up costing you more money in the long term. When you consider potential rebates and improved efficiency, is a new system going to be more lucrative over time?
Many professionals suggest 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 running well.
- Are your energy bills spiking without extra usage? This is a symptom that your air conditioner is breaking down.
- Is your system properly sized? If your equipment is too small for your home, it can’t do its job. Likewise, if you’ve recently taken measures 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 get a replacement, Farnell Heating & Air Conditioning Inc can help! Our experts can help you decide how much life lingers in your system and what the ideal option for your home and budget will be. Call us at 251-471-2674 to setup an appointment for us to visit you.