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

When your air conditioner in Winnipeg stops working, it can be hard to know if it’s a sign for an AC repair, or if a replacement would be a greater option for the long term. The answer isn’t similar for every homeowner. For example, a system that has been serviced regularly could be a smarter candidate for an AC repair because it will almost certainly have a longer lifespan than another system that hasn’t been maintained. Many other factors should be taken into account 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 huge factor in your choice to order an AC repair or invest in a replacement. Dated systems usually don’t run as effectively 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 In reality, you could lower your energy consumption by more than you thought possible if you replace your outdated system with a new, energy-efficient unit. Most often, this savings will justify investment in a replacement system.

So how old is “too old”? That can change based on your exact 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 more than 10 years old.

Beyond your unit’s age, check out your AC repair history. If your system has failed a couple of times, it’s probable to break down again—this situation can end up costing you more money in the long run. When you consider potential rebates and increased efficiency, is a new system going to be more lucrative in the end?

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, go for 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 increasing without increased usage? This is a symptom that your air conditioner is breaking down.
  • Is your system properly sized? If your unit is too small for your home, it can’t do its job. Likewise, if you’ve recently 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 sure if you need an AC repair or if it’s time to consider a replacement, Kirkfield Heating & Air Conditioning can help! Our experts can help you establish how much life lingers in your system and what the ideal option for your home and budget will be. Call us at 204-272-8128 to setup an appointment for us to visit you.

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