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

When your air conditioner in Baltimore breaks down, it can be difficult to know if it’s a sign for an AC repair, or if a replacement would be a greater option for the long run. The answer isn’t identical for every homeowner. For instance, a system that has been well maintained could be a better candidate for an AC repair because it will generally have a longer existence than another system that hasn’t been maintained. Many other influences should be considered 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 big factor in your decision to arrange an AC repair or invest in a replacement. Dated systems usually don’t function as efficiently as they did when they were new—and especially not as efficiently as a new, energy-efficient model. In fact, you could lower your energy consumption by more than you thought possible if you swap out your older 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 particular equipment and how well it’s been cared for, but Energy Star recommends upgrading to an energy-efficient unit if your current central air conditioner is more than 10 years old.

Outside your unit’s age, look at your AC repair history. If your system has stopped working a couple of times, it’s likely to fail again—this circumstance 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 lucrative in the end?

Many professionals recommend 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, try the repair.

Here are some other questions you should consider:

  • Is your house cozy enough in the summer? If not, your system isn’t running well.
  • Are your energy bills increasing without extra 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 do its job. Likewise, if you’ve recently taken measures to make your home more energy efficient, your system can actually 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 consider a replacement, Quality Refrigeration can help! Our specialists 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 410-355-6010 or set up an appointment for us to check it out using our online scheduler.