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

When your air conditioner in Crestview fails, it can be hard 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 the same for every homeowner. For example, a system that has been taken care of could be a better candidate for an AC repair because it will generally have a longer existence than another system that hasn’t been serviced. Many other influences should be considered on top of 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 huge factor in your choice to call for an AC repair or invest in a replacement. Dated systems usually don’t function as well as they did when they were new—and especially not as efficiently as a new, energy-efficient model. In reality, you could decrease your energy consumption by more than you may think if you exchange your older system with a new, energy-efficient unit. In many circumstances, this savings will justify 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 taken care of, but Energy Star recommends upgrading to an energy-efficient unit if your current central air conditioner is more than 10 years old.

Beyond your unit’s age, look at your AC repair history. If your system has stopped working a couple of times, it’s probable to fail again—this situation can end up costing you more money in the future. When you think about potential rebates and improved efficiency, is a new system going to be more cost-effective in the future?

Many experts 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, exchange the system. If it’s less, just get the repair.

Here are some other questions you should consider:

  • Is your house cozy enough in the summer? If not, your system isn’t keeping up.
  • Are your energy bills spiking without increased usage? This is a sign that your air conditioner is breaking down.
  • Is your system properly sized? If your equipment is too small for your home, it can’t function properly. Just the same, if you’ve recently taken measures to make your home more energy efficient, your system can in fact be greater 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 think about a replacement, Gordon Air Conditioning can help! Our professionals can help you decide how much life is left in your system and what the ideal option for your home and budget will be. Call us at 850-250-0335 to setup an appointment for us to check it out.

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