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How to Determine if It’s Time for an AC Repair or Replacement

When your air conditioner in Rapid City fails, it can be hard to know if it’s a sign for an AC repair, or if a replacement would be a smarter option for the future. The answer isn’t identical for every homeowner. E.g., a system that has been serviced regularly could be a better candidate for an AC repair because it will probably have a longer lifetime 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 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 order an AC repair or invest in a replacement. Older systems usually don’t operate as effectively as they did when they were new—and especially not as efficiently as a new, energy-efficient model. In reality, you could lower your energy consumption by more than you may know if you exchange your older 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 particular equipment and how well it’s been maintained, but Energy Star recommends upgrading to an energy-efficient unit if your present-day central air conditioner is more than 10 years old.

Outside your unit’s age, look at your AC repair history. If your system has broken down several times, it’s prone to fail again—this circumstance can end up costing you more money in the future. When you consider likely rebates and enhanced efficiency, is a new system going to be more cost-effective in the future?

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 running well.
  • Are your energy bills going up without enhanced usage? This is a indication 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. Likewise, if you’ve not long ago 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 sure if you need an AC repair or if it’s time to get a replacement, Street Heating & Sheet Metal Inc can help! Our specialists can help you decide how much life lingers in your system and what the top option for your home and budget will be. Call us at 605-342-5107 or arrange an appointment for us to check it out using our online scheduler.