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

May 12, 2017

When your air conditioner in Neptune City breaks down, it can be difficult to know if it’s an occasion 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 well maintained 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 factors should be taken into account 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. Aged systems usually don’t operate as effectively as they did when they were new—and particularly not as effectively as a new, energy-efficient model. In fact, you could lower your energy consumption by more than you may know if you swap out 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 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 present-day central air conditioner is more than 10 years old.

Beyond your unit’s age, look at your AC repair history. If your system has failed a few times, it’s probable to break down again—this circumstance can end up costing you more money in the future. When you think about likely rebates and enhanced efficiency, is a new system going to be more lucrative over time?

Many technicians suggest 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, exchange the system. If it’s less, just get 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 going up without extra usage? This is a indication that your air conditioner is breaking down.
  • Is your system properly sized? If your unit is too small for your home, it can’t run efficiently. Likewise, if you’ve not long ago taken measures to make your home more energy efficient, your system can actually be greater 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, Aggressive Mechanical can help! Our experts can help you decide how much life is left in your system and what the top option for your home and budget will be. Call us at 732-806-5536 to setup an appointment for us to come out.