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

When your air conditioner in Rapid City fails, it can be tricky 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 the same for every homeowner. E.g., a system that has been serviced regularly could be a smarter 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 thought about on top of to this. We’ve got some questions that can help lead 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. Dated systems usually don’t function as efficiently 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. Usually, this savings will rationalize investment in a replacement system.

So how old is “too old”? That can change based on your specific equipment and how well it’s been cared for, but Energy Star recommends upgrading to an energy-efficient unit if your present-day central air conditioner is greater than 10 years old.

Outside your unit’s age, check out your AC repair history. If your system has stopped working several times, it’s prone to fail again—this circumstance can end up costing you more money in the future. When you think about likely rebates and improved efficiency, is a new system going to be more lucrative in the future?

Many technicians suggest 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, just get 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 increasing 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 function properly. 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 and Cooling can help! Our specialists can help you determine how much life lingers in your system and what the top option for your home and budget will be. Call us at 605-206-3915 to setup an appointment for us to check it out.

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