How to Determine if Its Time for an AC Repair or Replacement

May 12, 2017

When your air conditioner in Marshfield 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 long run. The answer isn’t identical for every homeowner. For example, a system that has been well maintained 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 influences should be taken into account 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 choice to call for an AC repair or invest in a replacement. Older systems usually don’t run as efficiently as they did when they were new—and especially not as efficiently as a new, energy-efficient model. In fact, you could decrease your energy consumption by more than you may know if you swap out your aged 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 exact equipment and how well it’s been maintained, but Energy Star proposes upgrading to an energy-efficient unit if your existing central air conditioner is more than 10 years old.

Beyond your unit’s age, examine your AC repair history. If your system has stopped working a couple of times, it’s likely to break down again—this circumstance can end up costing you more money in the future. When you consider potential rebates and enhanced efficiency, is a new system going to be more economical in the end?

Many technicians 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, exchange the system. If it’s less, go for 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 enhanced usage? This is a sign that your air conditioner is on the fritz.
  • Is your system properly sized? If your system is too small for your home, it can’t function properly. Likewise, if you’ve just did something to make your home more energy efficient, your system can in fact be bigger than you need to cool a very efficient home.

If you’re not sure if you need an AC repair or if it’s time to get a replacement, House of Heating Incorporated can help! Our professionals can help you establish how much life is left in your system and what the best option for your home and budget will be. Call us at 715-384-3163 to setup an appointment for us to check it out.