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

When your air conditioner in Pocatello stops working, 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. For example, a system that has been well maintained could be a smarter candidate for an AC repair because it will almost certainly have a longer lifetime than another system that hasn’t been upheld. Many other factors should be thought about on top of 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 big factor in your verdict to call for an AC repair or invest in a replacement. Dated systems usually don’t operate as effectively as they did when they were new—and particularly not as well as a new, energy-efficient model. In reality, you could reduce your energy consumption by more than you thought possible if you swap out your aged system with a new, energy-efficient unit. In many circumstances, this savings will support 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 present-day 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 couple of times, it’s prone to stop working again—this situation can end up costing you more money in the long term. When you think about potential rebates and enhanced efficiency, is a new system going to be more lucrative in the future?

Many experts recommend following “The $5,000” rule. Multiply the age of your equipment by the cost of the AC repair. If it’s more than $5,000, exchange 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 working properly.
  • Are your energy bills spiking without increased usage? This is a symptom that your air conditioner is on the fritz.
  • Is your system properly sized? If your system is too small for your home, it can’t run efficiently. Just the same, if you’ve just taken measures to make your home more energy efficient, your system can essentially be greater 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, Vogts Heating & Air can help! Our specialists can help you decide how much life is left in your system and what the top option for your home and budget will be. Call us at 208-621-0129 to setup an appointment for us to visit you.

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