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

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When your air conditioner in Northwest Arkansas stops working, it can be difficult to know if it’s a sign for an AC repair, or if a replacement would be a greater option for the long run. The answer isn’t the same 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 almost certainly have a longer existence than another system that hasn’t been serviced. 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 large factor in your decision to call for an AC repair or invest in a replacement. Aged systems usually don’t operate as well as they did when they were new—and especially not as effectively as a new, energy-efficient model. In reality, you could lower your energy consumption by more than you may think if you swap out your aged system with a new, energy-efficient unit. In many circumstances, this savings will justify 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 taken care of, but Energy Star recommends upgrading to an energy-efficient unit if your current central air conditioner is older than 10 years old.

Beyond your unit’s age, examine your AC repair history. If your system has stopped working a couple of times, it’s likely to break down again—this scenario can end up costing you more money in the long term. When you consider possible rebates and improved efficiency, is a new system going to be more lucrative in the end?

Many professionals suggest 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, change the system. If it’s less, just get the repair.

Here are some other questions you should consider:

  • Is your house cool enough in the summer? If not, your system isn’t running well.
  • Are your energy bills going up without increased usage? This is a symptom that your air conditioner is on the fritz.
  • Is your system properly sized? If your equipment is too small for your home, it can’t run efficiently. Likewise, if you’ve not long ago worked to make your home more energy efficient, your system can actually be bigger than you need to cool a very efficient home.

If you’re not sure if you need an AC repair or if it’s time to consider a replacement, AirTech Heating and Air Conditioning, LLC can help! Our professionals 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 479-226-8196 to setup an appointment for us to come out.

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