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

When your air conditioner in Middletown breaks down, it can be tricky to know if it’s a sign for an AC repair, or if a replacement would be a greater option for the future. The answer isn’t similar for every homeowner. E.g., a system that has been serviced regularly could be a better candidate for an AC repair because it will almost certainly have a longer lifespan than another system that hasn’t been maintained. Many other aspects should be considered additionally 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 choice to arrange an AC repair or invest in a replacement. Dated systems usually don’t run as efficiently as they did when they were new—and definitely not as well as a new, energy-efficient model. In fact, you could decrease your energy consumption by more than you may know if you exchange your outdated system with a new, energy-efficient unit.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 differ based on your exact equipment and how well it’s been taken care of, but Energy Star advises upgrading to an energy-efficient unit if your present-day central air conditioner is greater 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 prone to stop working again—this circumstance can end up costing you more money in the long term. When you think about possible rebates and improved efficiency, is a new system going to be more cost-effective over time?

Many technicians recommend 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, change the system. If it’s less, try the repair.

Here are some other questions you should consider:

  • Is your house cozy enough in the summer? If not, your system isn’t running well.
  • Are your energy bills going up without increased 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. Likewise, if you’ve not long ago taken measures 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 think about a replacement, Schagrin Gas Company can help! Our experts can help you establish how much life remains in your system and what the best option for your home and budget will be. Call us at 302-658-2000 or schedule an appointment for us to visit you using our online scheduler.