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

When your air conditioner in Mankato area 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 future. The answer isn’t the same for every homeowner. E.g., a system that has been well maintained could be a smarter candidate for an AC repair because it will probably have a longer lifespan than another system that hasn’t been upheld. Many other influences should be taken into account in addition 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 large factor in your verdict to call for an AC repair or invest in a replacement. Dated systems usually don’t run as well as they did when they were new—and definitely 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. Usually, this savings will justify 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 advises upgrading to an energy-efficient unit if your existing central air conditioner is more than 10 years old.

Beyond your unit’s age, examine your AC repair history. If your system has broken down a few times, it’s likely to stop working again—this circumstance can end up costing you more money in the long term. When you think about possible rebates and enhanced efficiency, is a new system going to be more lucrative over time?

Many professionals 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, replace the system. If it’s less, try 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 extra usage? This is a indication that your air conditioner is breaking down.
  • Is your system properly sized? If your unit is too small for your home, it can’t function properly. 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 not sure if you need an AC repair or if it’s time to think about a replacement, Northern Comfort Inc can help! Our professionals can help you determine how much life lingers in your system and what the ideal option for your home and budget will be. Call us at 507-307-4818 to setup an appointment for us to come out.

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