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

When your air conditioner in Colorado Springs stops working, it can be tricky to know if it’s a sign for an AC repair, or if a replacement would be a smarter option for the long run. The answer isn’t the same for every homeowner. For example, a system that has been taken care of could be a realistic candidate for an AC repair because it will generally have a longer existence than another system that hasn’t been serviced. Many other factors should be considered 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 arrange an AC repair or invest in a replacement. Dated systems usually don’t operate as effectively as they did when they were new—and definitely not as well as a new, energy-efficient model. In fact, you could decrease your energy consumption by more than you may know if you swap out your aged 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 vary based on your particular 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 older than 10 years old.

Beyond your unit’s age, examine your AC repair history. If your system has broken down a couple of times, it’s probable to fail again—this circumstance can end up costing you more money in the long run. When you think about likely rebates and enhanced efficiency, is a new system going to be more cost-effective in the future?

Many technicians suggest following “The $5,000” rule. Multiply the age of your unit 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 cozy enough in the summer? If not, your system isn’t keeping up.
  • Are your energy bills going up without increased usage? This is a indication that your air conditioner is failing.
  • Is your system properly sized? If your equipment is too small for your home, it can’t do its job. Likewise, if you’ve just did something 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 sure if you need an AC repair or if it’s time to get a replacement, Mitchell Heating 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 719-596-6677 or arrange an appointment for us to visit you using our online scheduler.