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

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When your air conditioner in Stuart and West Palm Beach areas fails, it can be tricky to know if it’s time for an AC repair, or if a replacement would be a smarter 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 almost certainly have a longer lifespan than another system that hasn’t been serviced. Many other influences should be considered in addition to this. We’ve got some questions that can help lead 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 choice to call for an AC repair or invest in a replacement. Older systems usually don’t run as effectively as they did when they were new—and particularly 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 In reality, you could lower your energy consumption by more than you may think if you swap out your outdated system with a new, energy-efficient unit. Most often, this savings will support 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 maintained, but Energy Star recommends upgrading to an energy-efficient unit if your current central air conditioner is older than 10 years old.

Outside your unit’s age, look at your AC repair history. If your system has broken down several times, it’s prone to break down again—this situation can end up costing you more money in the long run. When you consider potential rebates and improved efficiency, is a new system going to be more economical in the end?

Many technicians advise 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 comfortable enough in the summer? If not, your system isn’t keeping up.
  • Are your energy bills going up without extra usage? This is a indication that your air conditioner is on the fritz.
  • 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 taken measures 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 think about a replacement, Arnold's Air Conditioning of South Florida Inc can help! Our professionals can help you establish how much life lingers in your system and what the ideal option for your home and budget will be. Call us at 772-205-3269 to setup an appointment for us to check it out.

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