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

May 12, 2017

When your air conditioner in Zelienople breaks down, it can be hard to know if it’s a sign for an AC repair, or if a replacement would be a smarter option for the long run. The answer isn’t similar for every homeowner. For instance, a system that has been serviced regularly could be a better candidate for an AC repair because it will probably have a longer lifespan than another system that hasn’t been serviced. Many other influences should be thought about additionally to this. We’ve got some questions that can help guide 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 arrange an AC repair or invest in a replacement. Older 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 Actually, you could reduce your energy consumption by more than you may know if you exchange your outdated system with a new, energy-efficient unit. Usually, this savings will rationalize investment in a replacement system.

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

Outside your unit’s age, examine your AC repair history. If your system has stopped working several times, it’s probable to fail again—this scenario can end up costing you more money in the long run. When you think about possible rebates and increased efficiency, is a new system going to be more economical in the end?

Many professionals recommend 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, replace the system. If it’s less, just get 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 spiking without increased usage? This is a symptom that your air conditioner is failing.
  • 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 recently 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 unclear about if you need an AC repair or if it’s time to think about a replacement, Knoechel Heating Company can help! Our experts can help you establish how much life remains in your system and what the best option for your home and budget will be. Call us at 724-425-5852 to setup an appointment for us to come out.