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

When your air conditioner in Manassas Park fails, it can be tricky to know if it’s time for an AC repair, or if a replacement would be a greater option for the future. The answer isn’t similar for every homeowner. For example, a system that has been taken care of could be a smarter candidate for an AC repair because it will probably have a longer lifespan than another system that hasn’t been maintained. Many other aspects should be taken into account on top of 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 huge factor in your choice to arrange an AC repair or invest in a replacement. Older systems usually don’t function as efficiently as they did when they were new—and particularly not as effectively as a new, energy-efficient model. In reality, you could decrease your energy consumption by more than you thought possible if you swap out your older system with a new, energy-efficient unit. In many circumstances, this savings will rationalize 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 taken care of, but Energy Star proposes upgrading to an energy-efficient unit if your present-day central air conditioner is greater than 10 years old.

Outside your unit’s age, examine your AC repair history. If your system has stopped working several times, it’s probable to stop working again—this scenario can end up costing you more money in the future. When you take into account possible rebates and improved efficiency, is a new system going to be more economical in the end?

Many experts advise 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, exchange the system. If it’s less, try the repair.

Here are some other questions you should consider:

  • Is your house cool enough in the summer? If not, your system isn’t working properly.
  • Are your energy bills increasing without extra usage? This is a symptom that your air conditioner is on the fritz.
  • Is your system properly sized? If your unit is too small for your home, it can’t do its job. Just the same, if you’ve just taken measures to make your home more energy efficient, your system can in fact be larger 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, Woody's Sudden Service Inc 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 703-369-5528 or schedule an appointment for us to come out using our online scheduler.