When your air conditioner in Wausau stops working, it can be difficult to know if it’s an occasion 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. For instance, a system that has been serviced regularly could be a better 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 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 choice to arrange an AC repair or invest in a replacement. Older systems usually don’t run as well as they did when they were new—and especially not as effectively as a new, energy-efficient model. In reality, you could decrease your energy consumption by more than you may know if you swap out your outdated system with a new, energy-efficient unit. Usually, this savings will justify 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 maintained, but Energy Star advises upgrading to an energy-efficient unit if your existing central air conditioner is greater than 10 years old.
Beyond your unit’s age, examine your AC repair history. If your system has failed a few times, it’s likely to break down again—this situation can end up costing you more money in the long term. When you take into account potential rebates and improved 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, replace the system. If it’s less, go for the repair.
Here are some other questions you should consider:
- Is your house cool enough in the summer? If not, your system isn’t working properly.
- Are your energy bills increasing without increased usage? This is a indication that your air conditioner is breaking down.
- Is your system properly sized? If your system is too small for your home, it can’t do its job. Likewise, if you’ve recently worked 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 not positive if you need an AC repair or if it’s time to get a replacement, Gilray Heating and Cooling can help! Our professionals 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 715-301-0727 to setup an appointment for us to check it out.