When your air conditioner in Oxford breaks down, it can be tricky 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. For example, a system that has been serviced regularly could be a smarter candidate for an AC repair because it will almost certainly have a longer lifetime than another system that hasn’t been maintained. Many other aspects should be thought about additionally 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 huge factor in your decision to order an AC repair or invest in a replacement. Aged systems usually don’t function as effectively as they did when they were new—and particularly not as effectively as a new, energy-efficient model. Actually, you could reduce your energy consumption by more than you thought possible if you swap out your older 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 change based on your specific equipment and how well it’s been maintained, but Energy Star advises upgrading to an energy-efficient unit if your current central air conditioner is older than 10 years old.
Beyond your unit’s age, look at your AC repair history. If your system has broken down several times, it’s probable to break down again—this scenario can end up costing you more money in the future. When you think about likely rebates and increased efficiency, is a new system going to be more cost-effective over time?
Many experts suggest 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, exchange the system. If it’s less, just get 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 spiking 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 do its job. Likewise, 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 consider a replacement, Franklin's Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc can help! Our experts can help you determine how much life remains in your system and what the ideal option for your home and budget will be. Call us at 662-281-1231 to setup an appointment for us to visit you.