When your air conditioner in Laurel breaks down, 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 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 probably have a longer lifespan than another system that hasn’t been maintained. Many other influences 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 huge factor in your decision to arrange an AC repair or invest in a replacement. Aged systems usually don’t operate as efficiently as they did when they were new—and especially not as effectively as a new, energy-efficient model. Actually, you could lower your energy consumption by more than you may know if you swap out 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 change based on your particular equipment and how well it’s been taken care of, but Energy Star recommends upgrading to an energy-efficient unit if your existing central air conditioner is older than 10 years old.
Past your unit’s age, look at your AC repair history. If your system has broken down a few times, it’s likely to fail again—this situation can end up costing you more money in the long term. When you think about likely rebates and improved efficiency, is a new system going to be more lucrative over time?
Many technicians 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, replace the system. If it’s less, just get the repair.
Here are some other questions you should consider:
- Is your house cozy enough in the summer? If not, your system isn’t running well.
- Are your energy bills spiking without increased usage? This is a indication 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. Also, if you’ve just did something 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 unclear about if you need an AC repair or if it’s time to consider a replacement, H&C Heating and Cooling can help! Our specialists 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 301-960-3247 to setup an appointment for us to check it out.