When your air conditioner in Newark stops working, it can be difficult to know if it’s an occasion for an AC repair, or if a replacement would be a better option for the long run. The answer isn’t the same for every homeowner. For example, a system that has been taken care of could be a better candidate for an AC repair because it will probably have a longer lifespan than another system that hasn’t been maintained. Many other aspects should be taken into account in addition to this. We’ve got some questions that can help guide 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 decision to call for an AC repair or invest in a replacement. Aged systems usually don’t run as effectively as they did when they were new—and definitely not as efficiently as a new, energy-efficient model. In reality, you could reduce your energy consumption by more than you may know if you exchange your older system with a new, energy-efficient unit. Usually, this savings will support investment in a replacement system.
So how old is “too old”? That can differ based on your exact equipment and how well it’s been maintained, but Energy Star proposes upgrading to an energy-efficient unit if your existing central air conditioner is older than 10 years old.
Beyond your unit’s age, look at your AC repair history. If your system has stopped working a few times, it’s prone to break down again—this circumstance can end up costing you more money in the long run. When you think about likely rebates and increased efficiency, is a new system going to be more cost-effective over time?
Many professionals recommend 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, replace the system. If it’s less, go for the repair.
Here are some other questions you should consider:
- Is your house cozy enough in the summer? If not, your system isn’t keeping up.
- Are your energy bills spiking without increased usage? This is a sign that your air conditioner is failing.
- Is your system properly sized? If your system is too small for your home, it can’t function properly. Likewise, if you’ve recently did something 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 consider a replacement, Luikart Heating & Cooling can help! Our specialists can help you determine how much life remains in your system and what the best option for your home and budget will be. Call us at 740-200-5591 to setup an appointment for us to visit you.