How to Determine if Its Time for an AC Repair or Replacement

When your air conditioner in Mount Pleasant stops working, it can be hard to know if it’s a sign for an AC repair, or if a replacement would be a smarter option for the long run. 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 almost certainly have a longer lifespan than another system that hasn’t been serviced. Many other factors should be thought about on top of 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 large factor in your choice to arrange an AC repair or invest in a replacement. Aged systems usually don’t function as effectively as they did when they were new—and especially not as effectively as a new, energy-efficient model. In fact, you could lower 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 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 recommends upgrading to an energy-efficient unit if your present-day central air conditioner is more than 10 years old.

Beyond your unit’s age, look at your AC repair history. If your system has stopped working a few times, it’s likely to fail again—this situation can end up costing you more money in the long term. When you consider possible rebates and enhanced efficiency, is a new system going to be more economical in the end?

Many professionals advise 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, 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 indication that your air conditioner is breaking down.
  • Is your system properly sized? If your system is too small for your home, it can’t do its job. Likewise, if you’ve recently taken measures 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 not positive if you need an AC repair or if it’s time to get a replacement, Olde Towne Heating & Air can help! Our specialists can help you establish how much life is left in your system and what the ideal option for your home and budget will be. Call us at 843-485-0967 to setup an appointment for us to check it out.

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