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

When your air conditioner in Grove City stops working, it can be hard to know if it’s an occasion for an AC repair, or if a replacement would be a better option for the future. The answer isn’t similar for every homeowner. For example, a system that has been taken care of could be a better candidate for an AC repair because it will almost certainly have a longer existence than another system that hasn’t been upheld. Many other aspects 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 huge factor in your verdict to call for an AC repair or invest in a replacement. Aged systems usually don’t run as well as they did when they were new—and especially not as effectively 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. Usually, this savings will support 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 taken care of, but Energy Star advises upgrading to an energy-efficient unit if your existing central air conditioner is greater than 10 years old.

Outside your unit’s age, look at your AC repair history. If your system has failed a couple of times, it’s likely to stop working again—this situation can end up costing you more money in the long term. When you consider possible rebates and improved efficiency, is a new system going to be more lucrative in the end?

Many professionals 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 cool 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 breaking down.
  • Is your system properly sized? If your system is too small for your home, it can’t function properly. Just the same, if you’ve just taken measures 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 sure if you need an AC repair or if it’s time to think about a replacement, Air Quality Solutions can help! Our professionals can help you determine how much life remains in your system and what the best option for your home and budget will be. Call us at 614-871-4144 or arrange an appointment for us to check it out using our online scheduler.