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

When your air conditioner in Shelby Township stops working, it can be tricky to know if it’s a sign for an AC repair, or if a replacement would be a smarter option for the long term. The answer isn’t identical for every homeowner. E.g., a system that has been serviced regularly could be a realistic candidate for an AC repair because it will probably have a longer existence than another system that hasn’t been upheld. Many other aspects should be thought about in addition 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 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 particularly not as well as a new, energy-efficient model. In reality, you could decrease your energy consumption by more than you may know if you exchange your aged 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 cared for, but Energy Star advises upgrading to an energy-efficient unit if your present-day central air conditioner is more than 10 years old.

Outside your unit’s age, examine your AC repair history. If your system has failed a few times, it’s likely to fail again—this situation can end up costing you more money in the future. When you think about likely rebates and improved efficiency, is a new system going to be more economical in the end?

Many technicians recommend 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, 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 running well.
  • 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 run efficiently. Likewise, if you’ve recently worked to make your home more energy efficient, your system can actually 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 get a replacement, Mr. Air Repair can help! Our professionals can help you establish how much life is left in your system and what the top option for your home and budget will be. Call us at 586-262-4258 or set up an appointment for us to check it out using our online scheduler.