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

May 12, 2017

When your air conditioner in Middletown stops working, it can be hard to know if it’s a sign for an AC repair, or if a replacement would be a greater option for the future. The answer isn’t similar for every homeowner. E.g., a system that has been serviced regularly could be a smarter candidate for an AC repair because it will almost certainly have a longer lifespan than another system that hasn’t been maintained. Many other aspects should be taken into account additionally 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 choice 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 definitely not as well as a new, energy-efficient model. In fact, you could reduce your energy consumption by more than you may know if you exchange your outdated system with a new, energy-efficient unit. In many circumstances, this savings will justify investment in a replacement system.

So how old is “too old”? That can differ based on your exact equipment and how well it’s been taken care of, but Energy Star advises upgrading to an energy-efficient unit if your present-day central air conditioner is greater than 10 years old.

Beyond your unit’s age, check out your AC repair history. If your system has broken down a few times, it’s prone to break down again—this circumstance can end up costing you more money in the long term. When you think about potential rebates and enhanced efficiency, is a new system going to be more lucrative over time?

Many technicians 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, change the system. If it’s less, try the repair.

Here are some other questions you should consider:

  • Is your house cozy enough in the summer? If not, your system isn’t running well.
  • Are your energy bills going up without extra 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 function properly. Likewise, if you’ve not long ago taken measures to make your home more energy efficient, your system can essentially be bigger 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, SchagrinGAS Company can help! Our experts can help you establish how much life is left in your system and what the best option for your home and budget will be. Call us at 302-231-1380 to setup an appointment for us to visit you.