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How to Determine if It’s Time for an AC Repair or Replacement

When your air conditioner in McMurray breaks down, it can be tricky to know if it’s a sign 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 well maintained 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 factors should be considered additionally 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 huge factor in your choice to order an AC repair or invest in a replacement. Aged systems usually don’t operate as well as they did when they were new—and especially not as well as a new, energy-efficient model. Actually, you could lower your energy consumption by more than you may think if you exchange your outdated system with a new, energy-efficient unit.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 differ based on your specific equipment and how well it’s been maintained, but Energy Star proposes upgrading to an energy-efficient unit if your current central air conditioner is more than 10 years old.

Outside your unit’s age, check out your AC repair history. If your system has broken down a couple of times, it’s likely to break down again—this circumstance 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 cost-effective in the future?

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 keeping up.
  • Are your energy bills increasing without extra usage? This is a sign that your air conditioner is breaking down.
  • Is your system properly sized? If your equipment is too small for your home, it can’t do its job. Also, if you’ve not long ago worked 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 get a replacement, Kowalski Heating & Cooling can help! Our professionals can help you determine how much life remains in your system and what the top option for your home and budget will be. Call us at 724-745-7404 or set up an appointment for us to visit you using our online scheduler.