When your air conditioner in Northglenn breaks down, it can be hard to know if it’s time 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 taken care of could be a smarter candidate for an AC repair because it will generally have a longer existence than another system that hasn’t been maintained. Many other aspects should be thought about on top of 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 big factor in your choice to order an AC repair or invest in a replacement. Older systems usually don’t operate as efficiently as they did when they were new—and particularly not as efficiently as a new, energy-efficient model. Actually, you could decrease your energy consumption by more than you thought possible if you replace your aged system with a new, energy-efficient unit. Usually, this savings will rationalize investment in a replacement system.
So how old is “too old”? That can vary based on your exact equipment and how well it’s been cared for, but Energy Star advises upgrading to an energy-efficient unit if your existing 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 a couple of times, it’s probable to stop working again—this scenario can end up costing you more money in the long run. When you take into account likely rebates and improved efficiency, is a new system going to be more cost-effective 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, try the repair.
Here are some other questions you should consider:
- Is your house comfortable enough in the summer? If not, your system isn’t keeping up.
- Are your energy bills going up without extra usage? This is a symptom that your air conditioner is breaking down.
- Is your system properly sized? If your unit is too small for your home, it can’t function properly. Likewise, if you’ve recently taken measures to make your home more energy efficient, your system can essentially 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, Northglenn Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc. can help! Our experts can help you decide how much life remains in your system and what the top option for your home and budget will be. Call us at 303-452-4146 to setup an appointment for us to visit you.