When your air conditioner in St. Louis fails, it can be tricky to know if it’s a sign for an AC repair, or if a replacement would be a greater option for the future. The answer isn’t similar for every homeowner. For example, a system that has been well maintained could be a better 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 thought about additionally 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 arrange an AC repair or invest in a replacement. Aged systems usually don’t operate as well as they did when they were new—and especially not as efficiently as a new, energy-efficient model. Actually, you could lower your energy consumption by more than you may think if you replace your older system with a new, energy-efficient unit. In many circumstances, this savings will justify 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 advises upgrading to an energy-efficient unit if your existing central air conditioner is more than 10 years old.
Beyond your unit’s age, check out your AC repair history. If your system has stopped working a couple of times, it’s likely to break down again—this scenario can end up costing you more money in the long run. When you consider likely rebates and increased efficiency, is a new system going to be more economical in the future?
Many technicians advise 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, 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 running well.
- Are your energy bills spiking without enhanced usage? This is a indication that your air conditioner is breaking down.
- 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 recently did something to make your home more energy efficient, your system can essentially be larger 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, Morgner Inc. Air Conditioning & Heating can help! Our experts can help you establish how much life is left in your system and what the best option for your home and budget will be. Call us at 314-262-4541 to setup an appointment for us to visit you.