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

May 12, 2017

When your air conditioner in Perry breaks down, it can be hard to know if it’s time for an AC repair, or if a replacement would be a smarter option for the long term. The answer isn’t identical for every homeowner. E.g., a system that has been taken care of could be a better candidate for an AC repair because it will probably have a longer lifespan than another system that hasn’t been upheld. Many other influences should be considered on top of 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 huge factor in your verdict to call for 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 effectively as a new, energy-efficient model. In reality, you could decrease your energy consumption by more than you thought possible if you swap out your older 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 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 more than 10 years old.

Past your unit’s age, examine your AC repair history. If your system has failed a couple of times, it’s probable to break down again—this situation can end up costing you more money in the future. When you think about likely rebates and improved efficiency, is a new system going to be more economical in the future?

Many professionals advise following “The $5,000” rule. Multiply the age of your unit 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 cozy enough in the summer? If not, your system isn’t running well.
  • Are your energy bills spiking without extra usage? This is a sign that your air conditioner is failing.
  • Is your system properly sized? If your unit is too small for your home, it can’t run efficiently. Just the same, if you’ve just taken measures to make your home more energy efficient, your system can in fact be bigger 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 think about a replacement, Gillman Heating and Air can help! Our experts 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 478-202-3076 to setup an appointment for us to check it out.