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

When your air conditioner in Minocqua breaks down, it can be difficult to know if it’s time for an AC repair, or if a replacement would be a smarter option for the long run. The answer isn’t identical for every homeowner. For instance, a system that has been taken care of could be a smarter candidate for an AC repair because it will generally have a longer lifetime than another system that hasn’t been maintained. Many other aspects should be taken into account additionally 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 choice to call for an AC repair or invest in a replacement. Older systems usually don’t function as effectively as they did when they were new—and definitely not as effectively as a new, energy-efficient model. In reality, you could lower your energy consumption by more than you may think if you replace your older system with a new, energy-efficient unit. Usually, this savings will justify investment in a replacement system.

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

Past your unit’s age, examine your AC repair history. If your system has failed a couple of times, it’s likely to stop working again—this circumstance can end up costing you more money in the long term. When you take into account possible rebates and enhanced efficiency, is a new system going to be more economical in the future?

Many technicians advise 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, exchange 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 running well.
  • Are your energy bills going up without enhanced usage? This is a symptom that your air conditioner is breaking down.
  • Is your system properly sized? If your system is too small for your home, it can’t run efficiently. Also, if you’ve recently did something to make your home more energy efficient, your system can essentially be greater than you need to cool a very efficient home.

If you’re unclear about if you need an AC repair or if it’s time to think about a replacement, Danco Heating & Cooling can help! Our experts can help you establish how much life remains in your system and what the top option for your home and budget will be. Call us at 715-356-7000 or schedule an appointment for us to come out using our online scheduler.