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

When your air conditioner in Charlottesville stops working, it can be hard 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 identical for every homeowner. E.g., a system that has been taken care of could be a smarter candidate for an AC repair because it will probably have a longer lifetime than another system that hasn’t been upheld. Many other aspects should be thought about 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 verdict to arrange an AC repair or invest in a replacement. Dated systems usually don’t operate as well as they did when they were new—and especially not as well as a new, energy-efficient model. Actually, you could decrease your energy consumption by more than you thought possible if you replace your aged 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 exact equipment and how well it’s been maintained, but Energy Star advises upgrading to an energy-efficient unit if your existing central air conditioner is more than 10 years old.

Outside your unit’s age, examine your AC repair history. If your system has failed a few times, it’s probable to stop working again—this scenario can end up costing you more money in the future. When you think about possible rebates and enhanced efficiency, is a new system going to be more lucrative in the end?

Many professionals advise 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 cozy enough in the summer? If not, your system isn’t keeping up.
  • Are your energy bills going up without extra usage? This is a sign that your air conditioner is failing.
  • Is your system properly sized? If your equipment is too small for your home, it can’t run efficiently. Just the same, if you’ve just taken measures 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 get a replacement, Beck Cohen can help! Our specialists can help you decide how much life remains in your system and what the top option for your home and budget will be. Call us at 434-296-0129 or set up an appointment for us to come out using our online scheduler.