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

When your air conditioner in West Palm Beach fails, it can be tricky to know if it’s a sign for an AC repair, or if a replacement would be a better option for the future. The answer isn’t similar for every homeowner. For instance, a system that has been serviced regularly could be a better candidate for an AC repair because it will generally have a longer existence than another system that hasn’t been upheld. Many other influences should be considered in addition 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 large factor in your verdict to arrange an AC repair or invest in a replacement. Dated systems usually don’t function as efficiently as they did when they were new—and particularly not as well as a new, energy-efficient model. Actually, you could reduce your energy consumption by more than you may know if you replace your outdated system with a new, energy-efficient unit. In many circumstances, this savings will rationalize 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 maintained, but Energy Star proposes upgrading to an energy-efficient unit if your existing central air conditioner is older than 10 years old.

Past your unit’s age, examine your AC repair history. If your system has broken down a few times, it’s prone to break down again—this scenario can end up costing you more money in the long term. When you think about likely rebates and enhanced 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 unit by the cost of the AC repair. If it’s more than $5,000, change 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 going up without increased usage? This is a sign that your air conditioner is failing.
  • Is your system properly sized? If your equipment is too small for your home, it can’t do its job. Also, if you’ve recently did something to make your home more energy efficient, your system can essentially 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 think about a replacement, Kyzar Air Conditioning Inc can help! Our professionals can help you determine how much life remains in your system and what the best option for your home and budget will be. Call us at 561-612-0242 to setup an appointment for us to come out.

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