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

May 12, 2017

When your air conditioner in Mount Hope fails, it can be difficult to know if it’s an occasion for an AC repair, or if a replacement would be a better option for the future. The answer isn’t identical for every homeowner. For example, a system that has been taken care of could be a better candidate for an AC repair because it will almost certainly have a longer lifetime than another system that hasn’t been serviced. Many other influences should be thought about 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 large factor in your decision to call for an AC repair or invest in a replacement. Aged systems usually don’t run as effectively as they did when they were new—and especially not as effectively as a new, energy-efficient model. Actually, you could lower your energy consumption by more than you may know if you swap out your outdated system with a new, energy-efficient unit. Usually, this savings will support investment in a replacement system.

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

Past your unit’s age, look at your AC repair history. If your system has broken down a couple of times, it’s prone to stop working again—this scenario 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 cost-effective in the end?

Many technicians recommend following “The $5,000” rule. Multiply the age of your unit 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 comfortable enough in the summer? If not, your system isn’t keeping up.
  • Are your energy bills spiking without extra usage? This is a indication that your air conditioner is on the fritz.
  • Is your system properly sized? If your unit is too small for your home, it can’t run efficiently. Also, if you’ve not long ago did something 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 positive if you need an AC repair or if it’s time to get a replacement, Appalachian Heating can help! Our professionals can help you decide how much life remains in your system and what the ideal option for your home and budget will be. Call us at 304-707-0600 to setup an appointment for us to come out.