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

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When your air conditioner in Saint Peters fails, it can be difficult to know if it’s time for an AC repair, or if a replacement would be a smarter option for the future. The answer isn’t identical for every homeowner. E.g., a system that has been well maintained could be a realistic candidate for an AC repair because it will generally have a longer lifetime than another system that hasn’t been upheld. Many other influences should be taken into account 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 huge factor in your decision to order an AC repair or invest in a replacement. Older 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 Actually, you could reduce your energy consumption by more than you thought possible if you swap out your outdated system with a new, energy-efficient unit. Usually, this savings will rationalize 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 maintained, but Energy Star advises upgrading to an energy-efficient unit if your current central air conditioner is older than 10 years old.

Outside your unit’s age, check out your AC repair history. If your system has broken down a couple of times, it’s probable to break down again—this circumstance can end up costing you more money in the future. When you think about potential rebates and enhanced efficiency, is a new system going to be more cost-effective in the future?

Many technicians advise 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, just get 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 going up without increased usage? This is a indication that your air conditioner is failing.
  • Is your system properly sized? If your unit is too small for your home, it can’t run efficiently. Just the same, if you’ve just taken measures 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 not positive if you need an AC repair or if it’s time to get a replacement, C-N-O Comfort Zone can help! Our specialists can help you determine how much life remains in your system and what the best option for your home and budget will be. Call us at 636-578-1777 or set up an appointment for us to check it out using our online scheduler.

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