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

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When your air conditioner in Front Royal fails, it can be difficult to know if it’s an occasion for an AC repair, or if a replacement would be a better option for the long term. 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 lifetime than another system that hasn’t been serviced. Many other influences should be considered 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 big factor in your decision to arrange an AC repair or invest in a replacement. Older systems usually don’t operate as well as they did when they were new—and definitely not as well as a new, energy-efficient model. In reality, you could lower your energy consumption by more than you may know if you exchange your aged 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 vary based on your particular equipment and how well it’s been taken care of, but Energy Star proposes upgrading to an energy-efficient unit if your existing central air conditioner is greater than 10 years old.

Outside your unit’s age, examine your AC repair history. If your system has failed a few times, it’s prone to fail again—this situation can end up costing you more money in the long run. When you consider potential rebates and improved efficiency, is a new system going to be more lucrative over time?

Many professionals advise 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, try 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 increasing without increased usage? This is a indication that your air conditioner is on the fritz.
  • Is your system properly sized? If your unit is too small for your home, it can’t do its job. Likewise, if you’ve not long ago worked to make your home more energy efficient, your system can in fact be greater 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 think about a replacement, Daves Diversified Services can help! Our experts can help you decide how much life lingers in your system and what the top option for your home and budget will be. Call us at 540-369-3971 to setup an appointment for us to check it out.

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