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

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When your air conditioner in Franklin Lakes breaks down, it can be tricky to know if it’s time for an AC repair, or if a replacement would be a smarter option for the future. The answer isn’t similar for every homeowner. E.g., a system that has been serviced regularly could be a smarter candidate for an AC repair because it will probably have a longer lifespan than another system that hasn’t been upheld. Many other factors should be thought about 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 call for an AC repair or invest in a replacement. Dated systems usually don’t run as efficiently as they did when they were new—and especially not as well as a new, energy-efficient model. In reality, you could decrease your energy consumption by more than you may think if you replace your aged 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 vary based on your exact 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 greater than 10 years old.

Past your unit’s age, check out your AC repair history. If your system has failed a couple of times, it’s probable to stop working again—this situation can end up costing you more money in the future. When you consider potential rebates and enhanced 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, 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 working properly.
  • Are your energy bills going up without increased usage? This is a symptom that your air conditioner is breaking down.
  • Is your system properly sized? If your unit is too small for your home, it can’t run efficiently. Just the same, 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 get a replacement, Total Comfort can help! Our specialists can help you establish how much life remains in your system and what the ideal option for your home and budget will be. Call us at 201-891-1333 or arrange an appointment for us to visit you using our online scheduler.

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