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

May 12, 2017

When your air conditioner in Branchville breaks down, it can be tricky to know if it’s time for an AC repair, or if a replacement would be a greater option for the future. The answer isn’t identical for every homeowner. For example, a system that has been serviced regularly could be a realistic candidate for an AC repair because it will generally have a longer existence than another system that hasn’t been maintained. Many other factors should be thought about 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 large factor in your verdict to call for an AC repair or invest in a replacement. Aged 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 fact, you could reduce your energy consumption by more than you thought possible if you swap out your older system with a new, energy-efficient unit. Most often, this savings will support investment in a replacement system.

So how old is “too old”? That can vary based on your specific equipment and how well it’s been taken care of, but Energy Star advises upgrading to an energy-efficient unit if your current central air conditioner is greater than 10 years old.

Beyond your unit’s age, examine your AC repair history. If your system has failed a couple of times, it’s prone to stop working again—this situation can end up costing you more money in the future. When you consider potential rebates and increased efficiency, is a new system going to be more economical over time?

Many technicians suggest following “The $5,000” rule. Multiply the age of your system by the cost of the AC repair. If it’s more than $5,000, exchange the system. If it’s less, try the repair.

Here are some other questions you should consider:

  • Is your house cool 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 run efficiently. Just the same, if you’ve not long ago worked to make your home more energy efficient, your system can essentially be bigger 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, Willco Air Conditioning, Refrigeration & Heating Inc. can help! Our specialists can help you determine how much life lingers in your system and what the best option for your home and budget will be. Call us at 862-345-6896 to setup an appointment for us to check it out.