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

When your air conditioner in Menomonie and western Wisconsin breaks down, it can be difficult to know if it’s a sign for an AC repair, or if a replacement would be a greater option for the long run. The answer isn’t identical for every homeowner. For instance, a system that has been taken care of could be a smarter candidate for an AC repair because it will generally have a longer existence than another system that hasn’t been serviced. Many other aspects should be considered on top of 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 huge factor in your choice to order an AC repair or invest in a replacement. Older systems usually don’t operate as well as they did when they were new—and definitely not as well as a new, energy-efficient model. Actually, you could reduce your energy consumption by more than you thought possible if you exchange your aged system with a new, energy-efficient unit. Most often, this savings will support investment in a replacement system.

So how old is “too old”? That can vary based on your particular equipment and how well it’s been maintained, but Energy Star advises upgrading to an energy-efficient unit if your present-day central air conditioner is older than 10 years old.

Beyond your unit’s age, look at your AC repair history. If your system has stopped working a couple of times, it’s prone to stop working again—this circumstance can end up costing you more money in the long run. When you take into account likely rebates and enhanced efficiency, is a new system going to be more cost-effective in the end?

Many professionals 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, just get 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 increasing without enhanced usage? This is a sign that your air conditioner is failing.
  • Is your system properly sized? If your unit is too small for your home, it can’t run efficiently. Just the same, if you’ve not long ago taken measures to make your home more energy efficient, your system can essentially 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 think about a replacement, Halverson Brothers Inc can help! Our professionals can help you establish how much life is left in your system and what the top option for your home and budget will be. Call us at 715-352-4052 to setup an appointment for us to visit you.

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