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

When your air conditioner in Waterloo stops working, it can be hard to know if it’s a sign for an AC repair, or if a replacement would be a better option for the future. The answer isn’t similar for every homeowner. For instance, a system that has been taken care of could be a smarter candidate for an AC repair because it will generally 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 large factor in your verdict to arrange an AC repair or invest in a replacement. Aged systems usually don’t operate as effectively 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 Actually, you could decrease your energy consumption by more than you may know if you exchange your outdated system with a new, energy-efficient unit.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 differ based on your particular equipment and how well it’s been maintained, but Energy Star proposes upgrading to an energy-efficient unit if your current central air conditioner is greater than 10 years old.

Beyond your unit’s age, look at your AC repair history. If your system has stopped working a couple of times, it’s likely to break down again—this circumstance can end up costing you more money in the future. When you consider likely rebates and increased efficiency, is a new system going to be more cost-effective in the end?

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, change 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 working properly.
  • Are your energy bills increasing without extra usage? This is a sign that your air conditioner is failing.
  • Is your system properly sized? If your unit is too small for your home, it can’t do its job. Just the same, if you’ve recently taken measures to make your home more energy efficient, your system can actually be greater 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, Cronin-Verheul Heating & A/C Ltd can help! Our experts can help you determine how much life lingers in your system and what the ideal option for your home and budget will be. Call us at 519-664-0600 to setup an appointment for us to come out.

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