How to Determine if It’s Time for an AC Repair or Replacement05/12/2017When your air conditioner in Stuart breaks down, it can be hard to know if it’s time for an AC repair, or if a replacement would be a smarter option for the long run. The answer isn’t similar for every homeowner. E.g., a system that has been taken care of could be a smarter candidate for an AC repair because it will probably have a longer lifetime than another system that hasn’t been maintained. Many other aspects should be considered in addition to this. We’ve got some questions that can help direct 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 verdict to order an AC repair or invest in a replacement. Aged systems usually don’t run as efficiently as they did when they were new—and particularly not as efficiently as a new, energy-efficient model. In fact, you could reduce your energy consumption by more than you may think if you replace your aged system with a new, energy-efficient unit. Most often, this savings will justify investment in a replacement system. So how old is “too old”? That can differ based on your specific equipment and how well it’s been cared for, but Energy Star proposes upgrading to an energy-efficient unit if your current central air conditioner is older than 10 years old. Outside your unit’s age, look at your AC repair history. If your system has broken down a couple of times, it’s likely to stop working again—this situation can end up costing you more money in the future. When you consider possible rebates and enhanced efficiency, is a new system going to be more cost-effective 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 cool enough in the summer? If not, your system isn’t keeping up. Are your energy bills spiking without enhanced usage? This is a sign 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. Likewise, if you’ve recently taken measures to make your home more energy efficient, your system can actually 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 get a replacement, Nisair Air Conditioning can help! Our professionals can help you decide how much life lingers in your system and what the top option for your home and budget will be. Call us at 772-318-4252 or schedule an appointment for us to visit you using our online scheduler.