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

When your air conditioner in Redford breaks down, it can be hard 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 well maintained could be a better candidate for an AC repair because it will almost certainly have a longer existence than another system that hasn’t been upheld. Many other influences 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 large factor in your decision to call for an AC repair or invest in a replacement. Aged systems usually don’t operate as effectively as they did when they were new—and especially not as well as a new, energy-efficient model. In reality, you could lower your energy consumption by more than you may think if you swap out your aged system with a new, energy-efficient unit. Usually, this savings will support investment in a replacement system.

So how old is “too old”? That can change based on your exact equipment and how well it’s been cared for, 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, check out your AC repair history. If your system has failed a couple of times, it’s likely to break down again—this circumstance can end up costing you more money in the long run. When you consider likely rebates and enhanced efficiency, is a new system going to be more lucrative in the future?

Many experts 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, replace 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 keeping up.
  • Are your energy bills going up without increased usage? This is a sign that your air conditioner is failing.
  • Is your system properly sized? If your equipment is too small for your home, it can’t do its job. Just the same, if you’ve recently 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 consider a replacement, Airtronic Heating & Cooling can help! Our professionals can help you determine how much life remains in your system and what the ideal option for your home and budget will be. Call us at 313-537-8111 or set up an appointment for us to visit you using our online scheduler.