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

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When your air conditioner in Naples fails, it can be hard 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. For instance, a system that has been taken care of could be a better candidate for an AC repair because it will probably have a longer lifespan than another system that hasn’t been upheld. Many other aspects should be taken into account in addition 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 choice to arrange an AC repair or invest in a replacement. Dated systems usually don’t operate as efficiently as they did when they were new—and especially not as efficiently as a new, energy-efficient model. In fact, you could lower your energy consumption by more than you may know if you replace your aged system with a new, energy-efficient unit. In many circumstances, 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 greater than 10 years old.

Beyond your unit’s age, examine your AC repair history. If your system has failed a couple of times, it’s prone to break down again—this scenario can end up costing you more money in the future. When you consider possible rebates and increased efficiency, is a new system going to be more cost-effective in the future?

Many professionals advise 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, exchange the system. If it’s less, try 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 symptom 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. Just the same, if you’ve recently taken measures to make your home more energy efficient, your system can actually be greater 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, Speedy Air Conditioning can help! Our experts can help you decide how much life remains in your system and what the ideal option for your home and budget will be. Call us at 239-596-2645 to setup an appointment for us to visit you.

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