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

When your air conditioner in Colorado Springs breaks down, it can be difficult to know if it’s an occasion for an AC repair, or if a replacement would be a greater option for the future. The answer isn’t the same for every homeowner. E.g., a system that has been well maintained could be a better candidate for an AC repair because it will probably have a longer existence than another system that hasn’t been upheld. Many other factors should be considered on top of to this. We’ve got some questions that can help direct 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 verdict to arrange an AC repair or invest in a replacement. Aged systems usually don’t function as well as they did when they were new—and definitely not as efficiently as a new, energy-efficient model. In reality, you could decrease your energy consumption by more than you thought possible if you replace your aged system with a new, energy-efficient unit. Usually, this savings will support 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 current central air conditioner is older than 10 years old.

Outside your unit’s age, examine your AC repair history. If your system has failed a couple of times, it’s prone to break down again—this circumstance can end up costing you more money in the long run. When you take into account potential rebates and improved efficiency, is a new system going to be more lucrative in the end?

Many technicians suggest 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, replace 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 keeping up.
  • Are your energy bills spiking without extra usage? This is a symptom that your air conditioner is failing.
  • Is your system properly sized? If your unit is too small for your home, it can’t function properly. Just the same, if you’ve recently worked 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, Triton HVAC & Refrigeration can help! Our specialists can help you determine how much life is left in your system and what the ideal option for your home and budget will be. Call us at 719-332-3458 or schedule an appointment for us to come out using our online scheduler.