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

When your air conditioner in Show Low 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 run. The answer isn’t similar for every homeowner. For instance, a system that has been serviced regularly could be a smarter candidate for an AC repair because it will generally have a longer existence than another system that hasn’t been upheld. Many other factors should be considered additionally to this. We’ve got some questions that can help guide 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. Dated systems usually don’t run as efficiently 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 thought possible if you swap out your older system with a new, energy-efficient unit. Most often, this savings will rationalize investment in a replacement system.

So how old is “too old”? That can vary based on your particular equipment and how well it’s been maintained, but Energy Star recommends 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 fail again—this circumstance can end up costing you more money in the long run. When you think about likely rebates and enhanced efficiency, is a new system going to be more cost-effective in the end?

Many experts 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, try 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 enhanced usage? This is a sign that your air conditioner is on the fritz.
  • Is your system properly sized? If your equipment 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 actually be larger 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, Rim Country Mechanical, Inc. can help! Our specialists can help you establish how much life remains in your system and what the top option for your home and budget will be. Call us at 928-537-1803 or arrange an appointment for us to visit you using our online scheduler.