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

When your air conditioner in Wyandotte 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 long run. The answer isn’t the same for every homeowner. For example, a system that has been serviced regularly 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 influences should be thought about 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 huge factor in your verdict to call for an AC repair or invest in a replacement. Dated systems usually don’t operate as efficiently as they did when they were new—and definitely not as effectively as a new, energy-efficient model. In reality, you could reduce your energy consumption by more than you may think if you replace 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 differ based on your particular equipment and how well it’s been cared for, but Energy Star recommends upgrading to an energy-efficient unit if your existing central air conditioner is more than 10 years old.

Outside your unit’s age, check out your AC repair history. If your system has failed a couple of times, it’s probable to stop working again—this situation can end up costing you more money in the long term. When you take into account possible rebates and improved efficiency, is a new system going to be more cost-effective over time?

Many experts 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, go for 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 increased usage? This is a symptom 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 just worked 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 positive if you need an AC repair or if it’s time to get a replacement, Gee & Missler Heating & Air Conditioning can help! Our specialists can help you decide how much life lingers in your system and what the top option for your home and budget will be. Call us at 734-284-1224 or arrange an appointment for us to check it out using our online scheduler.