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

When your air conditioner in Bountiful stops working, it can be hard to know if it’s time 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. E.g., a system that has been taken care of could be a smarter candidate for an AC repair because it will probably have a longer existence than another system that hasn’t been upheld. Many other factors should be thought about on top of to this. We’ve got some questions that can help direct 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 choice to order an AC repair or invest in a replacement. Dated systems usually don’t operate as well 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 swap out your older system with a new, energy-efficient unit. Most often, this savings will rationalize investment in a replacement system.

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

Beyond your unit’s age, examine your AC repair history. If your system has broken down several times, it’s probable to break down again—this situation can end up costing you more money in the long run. When you take into account potential rebates and enhanced efficiency, is a new system going to be more cost-effective in the future?

Many professionals suggest following “The $5,000” rule. Multiply the age of your system 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 comfortable enough in the summer? If not, your system isn’t working properly.
  • Are your energy bills going up without increased usage? This is a symptom that your air conditioner is on the fritz.
  • Is your system properly sized? If your unit is too small for your home, it can’t run efficiently. Just the same, if you’ve recently taken measures 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 positive if you need an AC repair or if it’s time to think about a replacement, Craig's Appliance Heating & Cooling can help! Our experts can help you decide how much life is left in your system and what the best option for your home and budget will be. Call us at 801-295-3357 or schedule an appointment for us to visit you using our online scheduler.