When your air conditioner in Bend stops working, it can be hard to know if it’s an occasion for an AC repair, or if a replacement would be a greater option for the long term. The answer isn’t identical for every homeowner. E.g., a system that has been serviced regularly could be a realistic candidate for an AC repair because it will almost certainly have a longer existence than another system that hasn’t been maintained. Many other aspects should be thought about 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 huge factor in your decision to arrange an AC repair or invest in a replacement. Dated systems usually don’t function as efficiently as they did when they were new—and definitely not as well as a new, energy-efficient model. In reality, you could reduce your energy consumption by more than you may know if you exchange your aged system with a new, energy-efficient unit. In many circumstances, this savings will support investment in a replacement system.
So how old is “too old”? That can vary based on your particular equipment and how well it’s been cared for, but Energy Star advises upgrading to an energy-efficient unit if your present-day central air conditioner is greater than 10 years old.
Beyond your unit’s age, check out your AC repair history. If your system has stopped working several times, it’s probable to stop working again—this scenario can end up costing you more money in the future. When you think about potential rebates and enhanced efficiency, is a new system going to be more lucrative in the future?
Many professionals suggest 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, 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 going up without extra usage? This is a symptom that your air conditioner is on the fritz.
- Is your system properly sized? If your system is too small for your home, it can’t function properly. Likewise, if you’ve just taken measures to make your home more energy efficient, your system can in fact 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, Tri County Climate Control LLC can help! Our specialists can help you determine how much life lingers in your system and what the best option for your home and budget will be. Call us at 541-238-2797 to setup an appointment for us to check it out.