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

May 12, 2017

When your air conditioner in Paxinos breaks down, 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 long run. The answer isn’t identical for every homeowner. For example, a system that has been serviced regularly could be a better candidate for an AC repair because it will generally have a longer existence than another system that hasn’t been upheld. Many other aspects 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 verdict to call for an AC repair or invest in a replacement. Dated systems usually don’t run as well as they did when they were new—and particularly not as effectively as a new, energy-efficient model. Actually, you could decrease your energy consumption by more than you may think if you swap out your outdated system with a new, energy-efficient unit. Most often, this savings will rationalize 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.

Beyond your unit’s age, check out your AC repair history. If your system has stopped working a couple of times, it’s probable to fail again—this situation can end up costing you more money in the long term. When you take into account likely rebates and increased efficiency, is a new system going to be more economical in the future?

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, replace 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 running well.
  • Are your energy bills going up without enhanced usage? This is a symptom 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. Just the same, if you’ve recently taken measures 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, LTS Plumbing & Heating Inc. can help! Our professionals can help you determine how much life lingers in your system and what the ideal option for your home and budget will be. Call us at 570-648-0748 to setup an appointment for us to check it out.