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

When your air conditioner in Florissant stops working, it can be difficult to know if it’s an occasion for an AC repair, or if a replacement would be a greater option for the long term. The answer isn’t the same for every homeowner. For instance, a system that has been well maintained could be a better candidate for an AC repair because it will generally have a longer lifespan than another system that hasn’t been upheld. Many other aspects should be considered additionally 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 large factor in your verdict to order an AC repair or invest in a replacement. Dated systems usually don’t function as effectively as they did when they were new—and definitely not as well as a new, energy-efficient model. In reality, you could reduce your energy consumption by more than you may know 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 vary based on your exact equipment and how well it’s been cared for, but Energy Star recommends upgrading to an energy-efficient unit if your current central air conditioner is greater than 10 years old.

Past your unit’s age, examine your AC repair history. If your system has stopped working a couple of times, it’s likely to break down again—this situation can end up costing you more money in the future. When you think about possible rebates and enhanced efficiency, is a new system going to be more cost-effective in the end?

Many experts recommend 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 cozy 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 failing.
  • Is your system properly sized? If your system is too small for your home, it can’t function properly. Also, if you’ve not long ago did something 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 unclear about if you need an AC repair or if it’s time to consider a replacement, B & B Heating & Cooling can help! Our specialists 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 314-325-7552 to setup an appointment for us to come out.

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