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

May 12, 2017

When your air conditioner in Wyandotte breaks down, it can be hard to know if it’s an occasion 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. For instance, a system that has been well maintained could be a smarter candidate for an AC repair because it will almost certainly have a longer lifetime than another system that hasn’t been upheld. Many other aspects should be thought about additionally 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 big factor in your verdict to order an AC repair or invest in a replacement. Aged systems usually don’t function as efficiently as they did when they were new—and particularly not as efficiently as a new, energy-efficient model. Actually, you could lower your energy consumption by more than you may know if you exchange your outdated system with a new, energy-efficient unit. Usually, this savings will justify investment in a replacement system.

So how old is “too old”? That can vary based on your specific equipment and how well it’s been cared for, but Energy Star recommends upgrading to an energy-efficient unit if your current central air conditioner is more than 10 years old.

Outside your unit’s age, examine your AC repair history. If your system has broken down a couple of times, it’s prone to break down again—this situation can end up costing you more money in the future. When you think about likely rebates and increased efficiency, is a new system going to be more cost-effective over time?

Many professionals 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, go for the repair.

Here are some other questions you should consider:

  • Is your house cool enough in the summer? If not, your system isn’t keeping up.
  • Are your energy bills increasing without increased usage? This is a sign that your air conditioner is failing.
  • Is your system properly sized? If your system is too small for your home, it can’t run efficiently. Likewise, if you’ve not long ago worked 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, Gee & Missler Heating & Air Conditioning can help! Our specialists can help you determine how much life remains in your system and what the best option for your home and budget will be. Call us at 734-363-8907 to setup an appointment for us to visit you.