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

When your air conditioner in St. Louis stops working, it can be tricky to know if it’s a sign for an AC repair, or if a replacement would be a smarter 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 realistic candidate for an AC repair because it will probably have a longer lifespan than another system that hasn’t been upheld. Many other aspects should be taken into account 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 large factor in your choice to call for an AC repair or invest in a replacement. Dated systems usually don’t operate as well 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 In fact, you could reduce your energy consumption by more than you may know if you swap out your outdated system with a new, energy-efficient unit. In many circumstances, this savings will rationalize 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 maintained, but Energy Star advises 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 several times, it’s likely to fail again—this circumstance can end up costing you more money in the future. When you consider possible rebates and increased efficiency, is a new system going to be more economical in the end?

Many professionals 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, change 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 running well.
  • Are your energy bills increasing without enhanced usage? This is a symptom that your air conditioner is breaking down.
  • Is your system properly sized? If your equipment is too small for your home, it can’t function properly. Also, if you’ve just taken measures to make your home more energy efficient, your system can in fact be larger 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 get a replacement, Morgner Inc. Air Conditioning & Heating can help! Our experts can help you decide how much life is left in your system and what the ideal option for your home and budget will be. Call us at 314-262-4541 to setup an appointment for us to check it out.

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