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

When your air conditioner in Dayton breaks down, it can be difficult to know if it’s a sign for an AC repair, or if a replacement would be a better option for the long term. The answer isn’t similar for every homeowner. For example, 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 serviced. Many other factors should be taken into account 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 big factor in your decision to arrange an AC repair or invest in a replacement. Aged systems usually don’t run as efficiently as they did when they were new—and especially not as efficiently as a new, energy-efficient model. In fact, you could decrease your energy consumption by more than you may think if you exchange your aged system with a new, energy-efficient unit. Usually, this savings will justify investment in a replacement system.

So how old is “too old”? That can differ based on your specific equipment and how well it’s been cared for, but Energy Star recommends upgrading to an energy-efficient unit if your current central air conditioner is more than 10 years old.

Past your unit’s age, check out your AC repair history. If your system has stopped working several times, it’s prone to break down again—this circumstance can end up costing you more money in the future. When you take into account possible rebates and increased efficiency, is a new system going to be more cost-effective over time?

Many technicians suggest 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, replace 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 running well.
  • Are your energy bills increasing without increased usage? This is a indication that your air conditioner is breaking down.
  • Is your system properly sized? If your equipment is too small for your home, it can’t function properly. Likewise, if you’ve not long ago did something 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 unclear about if you need an AC repair or if it’s time to think about a replacement, Jent Mechanical LLC can help! Our experts 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 937-526-2077 to setup an appointment for us to visit you.

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