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

When your air conditioner in Columbia breaks down, it can be tricky to know if it’s an occasion for an AC repair, or if a replacement would be a smarter option for the long term. The answer isn’t the same 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 lifespan than another system that hasn’t been serviced. Many other factors should be thought about additionally 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 decision to arrange an AC repair or invest in a replacement. Dated systems usually don’t run as efficiently as they did when they were new—and particularly not as well as a new, energy-efficient model. In reality, you could decrease your energy consumption by more than you thought possible if you replace your outdated system with a new, energy-efficient unit.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 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 present-day central air conditioner is older than 10 years old.

Outside your unit’s age, look at your AC repair history. If your system has failed a few times, it’s likely to fail again—this circumstance can end up costing you more money in the long run. When you consider likely rebates and increased efficiency, is a new system going to be more lucrative in the end?

Many technicians 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 comfortable enough in the summer? If not, your system isn’t running well.
  • Are your energy bills increasing without increased usage? This is a sign that your air conditioner is on the fritz.
  • Is your system properly sized? If your equipment is too small for your home, it can’t function properly. Just the same, if you’ve not long ago taken measures to make your home more energy efficient, your system can actually 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 get a replacement, Alltemp Comfort Services LLC can help! Our experts can help you decide how much life lingers in your system and what the ideal option for your home and budget will be. Call us at 803-318-6995 or arrange an appointment for us to come out using our online scheduler.