When your air conditioner in Crystal and Twin Cities stops working, it can be tricky to know if it’s an occasion for an AC repair, or if a replacement would be a better option for the long run. The answer isn’t similar for every homeowner. E.g., a system that has been well maintained could be a realistic candidate for an AC repair because it will almost certainly have a longer existence than another system that hasn’t been maintained. Many other factors 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 big factor in your verdict to call for an AC repair or invest in a replacement. Aged systems usually don’t run as efficiently as they did when they were new—and definitely not as effectively as a new, energy-efficient model. In fact, you could decrease your energy consumption by more than you may think if you swap out your older system with a new, energy-efficient unit. Most often, this savings will support 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 maintained, 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, examine your AC repair history. If your system has failed a few times, it’s prone to fail again—this scenario can end up costing you more money in the future. When you take into account likely rebates and enhanced efficiency, is a new system going to be more lucrative in the end?
Many professionals recommend 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 cozy enough in the summer? If not, your system isn’t keeping up.
- Are your energy bills spiking without extra usage? This is a symptom that your air conditioner is breaking down.
- Is your system properly sized? If your unit is too small for your home, it can’t function properly. Also, if you’ve not long ago did something to make your home more energy efficient, your system can in fact 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 consider a replacement, GV Heating & Air 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 763-535-2000 to setup an appointment for us to come out.