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

May 12, 2017

When your air conditioner in Westerville stops working, it can be difficult to know if it’s time for an AC repair, or if a replacement would be a smarter option for the long term. The answer isn’t the same for every homeowner. E.g., a system that has been serviced regularly could be a better candidate for an AC repair because it will probably have a longer lifetime than another system that hasn’t been maintained. Many other factors should be taken into account 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 decision to order an AC repair or invest in a replacement. Older systems usually don’t run as well as they did when they were new—and particularly not as effectively as a new, energy-efficient model. Actually, you could reduce your energy consumption by more than you thought possible if you replace your outdated system with a new, energy-efficient unit. In many circumstances, 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 cared for, but Energy Star advises upgrading to an energy-efficient unit if your current central air conditioner is greater than 10 years old.

Past your unit’s age, check out your AC repair history. If your system has stopped working several times, it’s prone to break down again—this situation can end up costing you more money in the future. When you consider possible rebates and improved efficiency, is a new system going to be more lucrative over time?

Many experts suggest 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, replace the system. If it’s less, just get the repair.

Here are some other questions you should consider:

  • Is your house cozy enough in the summer? If not, your system isn’t keeping up.
  • Are your energy bills increasing without enhanced usage? This is a symptom that your air conditioner is breaking down.
  • Is your system properly sized? If your system is too small for your home, it can’t do its job. Likewise, if you’ve recently did something to make your home more energy efficient, your system can essentially 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 get a replacement, Uptown Heating & Cooling 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 614-344-6949 to setup an appointment for us to come out.