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

When your air conditioner in Utica fails, it can be difficult to know if it’s time for an AC repair, or if a replacement would be a smarter option for the long run. The answer isn’t identical for every homeowner. For instance, 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 serviced. Many other factors should be thought about 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 big factor in your choice to arrange an AC repair or invest in a replacement. Older systems usually don’t function as effectively as they did when they were new—and definitely 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 In reality, you could decrease your energy consumption by more than you may think if you swap out your outdated system with a new, energy-efficient unit. Usually, this savings will rationalize investment in a replacement system.

So how old is “too old”? That can vary 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.

Outside your unit’s age, check out your AC repair history. If your system has stopped working 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 consider possible rebates and improved efficiency, is a new system going to be more lucrative in the end?

Many technicians 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 running well.
  • Are your energy bills increasing without extra usage? This is a indication that your air conditioner is breaking down.
  • Is your system properly sized? If your system is too small for your home, it can’t function properly. Also, if you’ve just taken measures 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 not positive if you need an AC repair or if it’s time to get a replacement, Main Heating & Cooling, Inc. can help! Our experts 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 586-731-0950 or schedule an appointment for us to check it out using our online scheduler.