How do you know when it’s time to repair or replace a central AC system?

Knowing when it’s time to get your central AC system repaired or replaced is a BIG decision. It’s also a decision that every homeowner will mostly likely have to make. If you find yourself asking this question, we’ve got three factors that you should consider before choosing the best route to take.

  1. Age – Most AC systems have a lifespan of about 10-15 years but anything over 10 is a bonus. Once your central AC system has been working for 10 years, it’s often more sensible to have it replaced rather than having to deal with potentially substantial repair costs. Also, AC technology has advanced over the past decade and a newer system will run on more eco-friendly refrigerant and uses more energy-efficient components that will help you save more on annual energy costs. If your central AC system is not 10 years old yet and needs repairs that cost 50% or more than the cost to replace your AC, it’s probably smart to make that upgrade.
  2. Replacement cost- It’s a fact. The cost of installing a new central AC system is one of the highest for anything to do with your home. But keep in mind, the large price tag now will help you in the longer-term. The latest AC systems are more energy-efficient, which will help you save on energy costs for years to come. You may also be able to avail of rebates or incentives, from installers, manufacturers, or government efficiency programs, that can help offset that scary initial price to upgrade. Think long term with AC replacement, not short. A new AC system will also bring up the value of your home.
  3. Maintenance history – If properly maintained, including an annual tune-up, your AC system will probably have a longer lifespan. However, while proper maintenance may help delay replacing your AC system for a few more years, no amount of maintenance will make your equipment more efficient than it was when you bought it.

Your local John Ray & Sons team of home cooling and AC experts are only a phone call away to help answer any of your questions about repairing or replacing your AC system. Contact us today to learn more about AC repairs, what new AC system may be best for you, special offers, incentives and more!

Call 518-272-4432 or contact us for more information.