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

May 12, 2017

When your air conditioner in Circleville 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 long run. The answer isn’t the same for every homeowner. E.g., a system that has been serviced regularly could be a realistic candidate for an AC repair because it will probably have a longer existence than another system that hasn’t been upheld. Many other aspects should be considered in addition 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 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 especially not as effectively as a new, energy-efficient model. In reality, you could lower your energy consumption by more than you thought possible if you exchange 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 vary based on your particular equipment and how well it’s been cared for, but Energy Star advises upgrading to an energy-efficient unit if your present-day central air conditioner is older than 10 years old.

Beyond your unit’s age, examine your AC repair history. If your system has broken down a couple of times, it’s likely to stop working again—this scenario can end up costing you more money in the long run. When you think about potential rebates and improved efficiency, is a new system going to be more cost-effective over time?

Many technicians 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, exchange the system. If it’s less, go for 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 sign 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. Just the same, if you’ve recently worked 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 positive if you need an AC repair or if it’s time to consider a replacement, Stephen Hurst Pack Heating and Cooling, Inc can help! Our professionals can help you decide how much life is left in your system and what the top option for your home and budget will be. Call us at 740-474-5940 to setup an appointment for us to come out.