When your air conditioner in Phoenix breaks down, it can be hard to know if it’s a sign for an AC repair, or if a replacement would be a better option for the long term. The answer isn’t similar for every homeowner. For example, a system that has been serviced regularly could be a smarter candidate for an AC repair because it will probably have a longer lifespan than another system that hasn’t been serviced. Many other aspects should be taken into account additionally 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 choice to arrange an AC repair or invest in a replacement. Older systems usually don’t operate as effectively as they did when they were new—and definitely not as efficiently as a new, energy-efficient model. In fact, you could reduce your energy consumption by more than you thought possible if you swap out your outdated system with a new, energy-efficient unit. Most often, 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 taken care of, but Energy Star proposes upgrading to an energy-efficient unit if your present-day central air conditioner is greater than 10 years old.
Outside your unit’s age, look at your AC repair history. If your system has broken down several times, it’s prone to break down again—this scenario can end up costing you more money in the long run. When you think about potential rebates and increased efficiency, is a new system going to be more economical in the future?
Many technicians 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, exchange the system. If it’s less, go for the repair.
Here are some other questions you should consider:
- Is your house cool enough in the summer? If not, your system isn’t working properly.
- Are your energy bills spiking without extra usage? This is a symptom that your air conditioner is on the fritz.
- Is your system properly sized? If your unit is too small for your home, it can’t run efficiently. Also, if you’ve just worked 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 unclear about if you need an AC repair or if it’s time to think about a replacement, Integrity AC & Heating LLC can help! Our experts can help you establish how much life lingers in your system and what the ideal option for your home and budget will be. Call us at 602-971-0567 to setup an appointment for us to check it out.