When your air conditioner in Payson breaks down, it can be hard to know if it’s an occasion for an AC repair, or if a replacement would be a greater option for the long run. The answer isn’t identical for every homeowner. For example, a system that has been taken care of could be a better candidate for an AC repair because it will generally have a longer lifespan than another system that hasn’t been upheld. 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 large factor in your choice to call for an AC repair or invest in a replacement. Older systems usually don’t run as well as they did when they were new—and particularly not as efficiently as a new, energy-efficient model. In reality, you could lower your energy consumption by more than you may know if you replace your older system with a new, energy-efficient unit. Usually, this savings will rationalize investment in a replacement system.
So how old is “too old”? That can change based on your specific equipment and how well it’s been maintained, but Energy Star recommends upgrading to an energy-efficient unit if your current central air conditioner is older than 10 years old.
Outside your unit’s age, look at your AC repair history. If your system has broken down several times, it’s likely to break down again—this situation can end up costing you more money in the future. When you consider possible rebates and enhanced efficiency, is a new system going to be more cost-effective in the future?
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, replace the system. If it’s less, go for the repair.
Here are some other questions you should consider:
- Is your house cool 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 breaking down.
- Is your system properly sized? If your system is too small for your home, it can’t run efficiently. Also, if you’ve just did something to make your home more energy efficient, your system can essentially be larger 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, North Mechanical Heating and Cooling can help! Our specialists can help you decide how much life lingers in your system and what the best option for your home and budget will be. Call us at 928-263-8570 to setup an appointment for us to check it out.