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

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When your air conditioner in Erie breaks down, it can be hard 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 the same for every homeowner. For instance, a system that has been taken care of could be a smarter candidate for an AC repair because it will probably have a longer lifespan than another system that hasn’t been serviced. Many other influences should be taken into account additionally to this. We’ve got some questions that can help guide 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. Dated systems usually don’t operate as well as they did when they were new—and particularly not as well as a new, energy-efficient model. Actually, you could decrease your energy consumption by more than you may think if you exchange your older system with a new, energy-efficient unit. Most often, this savings will justify 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 cared for, but Energy Star recommends upgrading to an energy-efficient unit if your existing central air conditioner is more than 10 years old.

Outside your unit’s age, examine your AC repair history. If your system has broken down a few times, it’s probable to break down again—this situation can end up costing you more money in the long term. When you consider likely rebates and improved efficiency, is a new system going to be more cost-effective over time?

Many experts 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, just get the repair.

Here are some other questions you should consider:

  • Is your house comfortable enough in the summer? If not, your system isn’t working properly.
  • Are your energy bills going up without enhanced usage? This is a symptom that your air conditioner is breaking down.
  • Is your system properly sized? If your system is too small for your home, it can’t run efficiently. Likewise, if you’ve not long ago worked 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 positive if you need an AC repair or if it’s time to get a replacement, Patterson & Stirling Inc can help! Our specialists can help you decide how much life remains in your system and what the top option for your home and budget will be. Call us at 814-833-5558 or arrange an appointment for us to come out using our online scheduler.

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