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

When your air conditioner in Great Falls breaks down, it can be hard to know if it’s time for an AC repair, or if a replacement would be a greater option for the long term. The answer isn’t identical for every homeowner. E.g., a system that has been taken care of could be a smarter candidate for an AC repair because it will probably have a longer lifetime than another system that hasn’t been upheld. Many other aspects should be taken into account additionally 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 big factor in your verdict to call for an AC repair or invest in a replacement. Aged systems usually don’t function as efficiently as they did when they were new—and particularly not as efficiently as a new, energy-efficient model. Actually, you could decrease your energy consumption by more than you may think if you replace 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 change based on your specific equipment and how well it’s been maintained, but Energy Star recommends upgrading to an energy-efficient unit if your present-day central air conditioner is older than 10 years old.

Past your unit’s age, look at your AC repair history. If your system has stopped working a few 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 possible rebates and increased efficiency, is a new system going to be more economical in the future?

Many experts 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, try the repair.

Here are some other questions you should consider:

  • Is your house comfortable enough in the summer? If not, your system isn’t working properly.
  • Are your energy bills increasing without increased usage? This is a indication 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 did something 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 not positive if you need an AC repair or if it’s time to get a replacement, Falls Mechanical Services LLC can help! Our professionals can help you determine how much life remains in your system and what the best option for your home and budget will be. Call us at 406-761-7283 or arrange an appointment for us to come out using our online scheduler.