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

When your air conditioner in Dresden stops working, it can be tricky to know if it’s a sign for an AC repair, or if a replacement would be a better option for the future. The answer isn’t similar for every homeowner. E.g., a system that has been serviced regularly could be a realistic candidate for an AC repair because it will generally have a longer lifespan than another system that hasn’t been maintained. Many other influences should be taken into account additionally 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 large factor in your verdict to arrange an AC repair or invest in a replacement. Aged systems usually don’t run as efficiently as they did when they were new—and definitely not as efficiently as a new, energy-efficient model. In fact, you could reduce your energy consumption by more than you may think if you replace your aged system with a new, energy-efficient unit. In many circumstances, 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 taken care of, but Energy Star recommends upgrading to an energy-efficient unit if your existing central air conditioner is more than 10 years old.

Past your unit’s age, check out your AC repair history. If your system has stopped working a few times, it’s prone to stop working again—this circumstance can end up costing you more money in the long term. When you think about potential rebates and enhanced efficiency, is a new system going to be more cost-effective over time?

Many experts advise following “The $5,000” rule. Multiply the age of your system by the cost of the AC repair. If it’s more than $5,000, exchange the system. If it’s less, go for the repair.

Here are some other questions you should consider:

  • Is your house comfortable enough in the summer? If not, your system isn’t working properly.
  • Are your energy bills increasing without increased usage? This is a symptom that your air conditioner is failing.
  • Is your system properly sized? If your equipment is too small for your home, it can’t do its job. Just the same, if you’ve just worked 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 positive if you need an AC repair or if it’s time to think about a replacement, McFadden Heating & Cooling can help! Our professionals can help you decide how much life remains in your system and what the top option for your home and budget will be. Call us at 1-866-781-0111 or set up an appointment for us to come out using our online scheduler.