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

When your air conditioner in Port Saint Lucie breaks down, it can be hard to know if it’s an occasion for an AC repair, or if a replacement would be a smarter option for the long term. The answer isn’t the same for every homeowner. E.g., a system that has been taken care of could be a realistic candidate for an AC repair because it will generally have a longer existence than another system that hasn’t been upheld. Many other aspects should be taken into account in addition to this. We’ve got some questions that can help direct 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 arrange an AC repair or invest in a replacement. Dated systems usually don’t operate as effectively as they did when they were new—and especially not as efficiently as a new, energy-efficient model. In reality, you could decrease your energy consumption by more than you thought possible if you replace 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 specific equipment and how well it’s been cared for, but Energy Star advises upgrading to an energy-efficient unit if your existing central air conditioner is more than 10 years old.

Past your unit’s age, examine your AC repair history. If your system has stopped working several times, it’s likely to break down again—this circumstance can end up costing you more money in the future. When you consider possible rebates and enhanced efficiency, is a new system going to be more lucrative in the end?

Many professionals 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, go for 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 failing.
  • Is your system properly sized? If your unit is too small for your home, it can’t function properly. Also, if you’ve not long ago worked 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 get a replacement, Custom Air Systems Inc can help! Our professionals can help you determine how much life lingers in your system and what the best option for your home and budget will be. Call us at 772-335-3232 or arrange an appointment for us to check it out using our online scheduler.