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

When your air conditioner in Plover stops working, it can be difficult to know if it’s a sign for an AC repair, or if a replacement would be a smarter option for the long term. The answer isn’t identical for every homeowner. For instance, a system that has been well maintained could be a better candidate for an AC repair because it will generally have a longer existence than another system that hasn’t been maintained. Many other aspects should be considered in addition 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 decision to call for an AC repair or invest in a replacement. Dated systems usually don’t run as efficiently as they did when they were new—and particularly not as well as a new, energy-efficient model. Actually, you could decrease your energy consumption by more than you thought possible if you exchange your older 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 vary based on your specific 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 older than 10 years old.

Past your unit’s age, check out your AC repair history. If your system has failed several times, it’s prone to break down again—this circumstance can end up costing you more money in the future. When you consider likely rebates and enhanced efficiency, is a new system going to be more economical over time?

Many experts recommend following “The $5,000” rule. Multiply the age of your system by the cost of the AC repair. If it’s more than $5,000, exchange 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 running well.
  • Are your energy bills going up without extra usage? This is a indication that your air conditioner is on the fritz.
  • Is your system properly sized? If your system is too small for your home, it can’t do its job. Just the same, if you’ve just taken measures to make your home more energy efficient, your system can actually 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 get a replacement, Point Heating & Cooling can help! Our specialists can help you determine how much life is left in your system and what the ideal option for your home and budget will be. Call us at 715-345-1979 or arrange an appointment for us to check it out using our online scheduler.