When your air conditioner in Boynton Beach stops working, 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 term. The answer isn’t similar for every homeowner. For example, a system that has been serviced regularly could be a better candidate for an AC repair because it will generally have a longer existence than another system that hasn’t been maintained. Many other factors should be taken into account on top of 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 huge factor in your verdict to order an AC repair or invest in a replacement. Dated systems usually don’t run as effectively as they did when they were new—and especially not as well 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 aged system with a new, energy-efficient unit. Most often, this savings will justify investment in a replacement system.
So how old is “too old”? That can differ based on your particular 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 more than 10 years old.
Outside your unit’s age, check out your AC repair history. If your system has failed a few times, it’s likely to stop working again—this situation can end up costing you more money in the long run. When you consider possible rebates and enhanced efficiency, is a new system going to be more lucrative in the end?
Many experts advise 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, 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 keeping up.
- 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. Also, if you’ve not long ago worked to make your home more energy efficient, your system can in fact 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 consider a replacement, A2Z Air Inc can help! Our professionals can help you decide how much life remains in your system and what the ideal option for your home and budget will be. Call us at 561-270-6228 to setup an appointment for us to check it out.