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

When your air conditioner in Tucson breaks down, it can be difficult to know if it’s an occasion for an AC repair, or if a replacement would be a greater option for the long term. The answer isn’t identical for every homeowner. For example, a system that has been well maintained could be a realistic candidate for an AC repair because it will generally 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 verdict to order an AC repair or invest in a replacement. Dated systems usually don’t run as efficiently as they did when they were new—and particularly not as effectively as a new, energy-efficient model. In fact, you could decrease your energy consumption by more than you may know if you exchange your outdated system with a new, energy-efficient unit. In many circumstances, 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 maintained, but Energy Star proposes upgrading to an energy-efficient unit if your present-day central air conditioner is more than 10 years old.

Outside your unit’s age, examine your AC repair history. If your system has stopped working a few times, it’s likely to break down again—this situation can end up costing you more money in the long term. When you take into account potential rebates and improved efficiency, is a new system going to be more economical in the end?

Many technicians suggest 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 keeping up.
  • Are your energy bills spiking without increased usage? This is a symptom that your air conditioner is failing.
  • Is your system properly sized? If your equipment is too small for your home, it can’t run efficiently. Likewise, if you’ve not long ago did something to make your home more energy efficient, your system can in fact be bigger 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, Ambient Air can help! Our experts 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 520-201-3871 to setup an appointment for us to come out.

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