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

May 12, 2017

When your air conditioner in Kutztown fails, it can be tricky to know if it’s a sign for an AC repair, or if a replacement would be a better option for the long term. The answer isn’t similar for every homeowner. E.g., a system that has been well maintained could be a smarter candidate for an AC repair because it will generally have a longer existence than another system that hasn’t been maintained. Many other influences should be thought about on top of 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 decision to order 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 well as a new, energy-efficient model. In reality, you could reduce your energy consumption by more than you may think if you exchange your older system with a new, energy-efficient unit. Most often, this savings will support investment in a replacement system.

So how old is “too old”? That can differ 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, check out your AC repair history. If your system has broken down several times, it’s likely to fail again—this scenario 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 cost-effective in the end?

Many experts recommend 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, just get the repair.

Here are some other questions you should consider:

  • Is your house comfortable enough in the summer? If not, your system isn’t keeping up.
  • Are your energy bills increasing without extra usage? This is a indication that your air conditioner is on the fritz.
  • Is your system properly sized? If your equipment is too small for your home, it can’t run efficiently. Likewise, if you’ve just did something to make your home more energy efficient, your system can in fact be greater 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, Moyer Total Indoor Comfort can help! Our specialists can help you establish how much life lingers in your system and what the best option for your home and budget will be. Call us at 484-646-3363 to setup an appointment for us to visit you.