How to Determine if Its Time for an AC Repair or Replacement

When your air conditioner in West Columbia breaks down, it can be difficult to know if it’s an occasion for an AC repair, or if a replacement would be a smarter option for the long run. The answer isn’t the same for every homeowner. For instance, a system that has been well maintained could be a better candidate for an AC repair because it will generally have a longer lifetime 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. Aged systems usually don’t run as efficiently as they did when they were new—and particularly not as well as a new, energy-efficient model. In reality, you could lower your energy consumption by more than you may think if you exchange your older system with a new, energy-efficient unit. Usually, this savings will support investment in a replacement system.

So how old is “too old”? That can differ based on your specific equipment and how well it’s been cared for, but Energy Star proposes upgrading to an energy-efficient unit if your existing central air conditioner is more than 10 years old.

Past your unit’s age, check out your AC repair history. If your system has broken down several times, it’s likely to fail again—this circumstance can end up costing you more money in the long run. When you think about likely rebates and increased efficiency, is a new system going to be more economical in the future?

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, change 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 increasing without enhanced 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 run efficiently. Likewise, if you’ve just taken measures to make your home more energy efficient, your system can in fact be larger 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, Tri City Fuel & Heating Co., Inc. can help! Our specialists 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 803-265-4208 to setup an appointment for us to come out.

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