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

May 12, 2017

When your air conditioner in Montoursville fails, 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. For instance, a system that has been taken care of could be a better candidate for an AC repair because it will generally have a longer lifetime than another system that hasn’t been serviced. Many other aspects should be considered in addition 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. Dated systems usually don’t function as effectively as they did when they were new—and definitely not as well 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 aged system with a new, energy-efficient unit. Most often, this savings will justify 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 maintained, but Energy Star proposes upgrading to an energy-efficient unit if your current central air conditioner is more than 10 years old.

Outside your unit’s age, check out your AC repair history. If your system has failed several times, it’s probable to fail again—this situation can end up costing you more money in the future. When you think about potential rebates and enhanced efficiency, is a new system going to be more lucrative in the end?

Many professionals 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, change the system. If it’s less, try the repair.

Here are some other questions you should consider:

  • Is your house cozy enough in the summer? If not, your system isn’t running well.
  • Are your energy bills going up without enhanced usage? This is a sign that your air conditioner is failing.
  • Is your system properly sized? If your unit is too small for your home, it can’t run efficiently. Also, if you’ve just worked to make your home more energy efficient, your system can actually be larger 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 consider a replacement, Airmen HVAC Service can help! Our specialists can help you establish how much life remains in your system and what the ideal option for your home and budget will be. Call us at 570-322-3131 to setup an appointment for us to check it out.