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

May 12, 2017

When your air conditioner in McMurray fails, it can be tricky to know if it’s time for an AC repair, or if a replacement would be a better option for the long run. The answer isn’t identical for every homeowner. E.g., a system that has been serviced regularly could be a smarter candidate for an AC repair because it will probably have a longer lifetime than another system that hasn’t been upheld. Many other aspects 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 verdict to arrange an AC repair or invest in a replacement. Older systems usually don’t operate as effectively as they did when they were new—and particularly not as efficiently as a new, energy-efficient model. Actually, you could decrease your energy consumption by more than you may think if you swap out your aged 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 change based on your specific equipment and how well it’s been taken care of, but Energy Star advises upgrading to an energy-efficient unit if your current central air conditioner is older than 10 years old.

Outside your unit’s age, look at your AC repair history. If your system has stopped working a few times, it’s probable to break down again—this scenario can end up costing you more money in the long run. When you consider likely rebates and increased efficiency, is a new system going to be more economical 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, change the system. If it’s less, go for the repair.

Here are some other questions you should consider:

  • Is your house comfortable enough in the summer? If not, your system isn’t working properly.
  • Are your energy bills going up without enhanced usage? This is a indication that your air conditioner is on the fritz.
  • 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 just worked to make your home more energy efficient, your system can in fact 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, Kowalski Heating, Cooling & Plumbing can help! Our specialists can help you decide how much life is left in your system and what the ideal option for your home and budget will be. Call us at 724-370-0141 to setup an appointment for us to visit you.