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

May 12, 2017

When your air conditioner in Racine stops working, it can be hard to know if it’s a sign 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 smarter candidate for an AC repair because it will almost certainly have a longer existence than another system that hasn’t been maintained. Many other aspects should be considered in addition 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 choice to order an AC repair or invest in a replacement. Older systems usually don’t operate as effectively as they did when they were new—and definitely not as effectively as a new, energy-efficient model. In reality, you could reduce your energy consumption by more than you may think if you swap out your older system with a new, energy-efficient unit. In many circumstances, this savings will rationalize investment in a replacement system.

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

Outside your unit’s age, examine your AC repair history. If your system has stopped working a couple of times, it’s prone to stop working again—this scenario can end up costing you more money in the long term. When you consider possible rebates and improved efficiency, is a new system going to be more economical in the end?

Many professionals suggest 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, change 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 going up without enhanced 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 run efficiently. Also, if you’ve recently 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 not sure if you need an AC repair or if it’s time to think about a replacement, Keystone Heating & Air Conditioning Co., Inc can help! Our specialists can help you decide how much life lingers in your system and what the ideal option for your home and budget will be. Call us at 262-358-9468 to setup an appointment for us to visit you.