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

May 12, 2017

When your air conditioner in Monroe fails, it can be hard to know if it’s time for an AC repair, or if a replacement would be a better option for the long term. The answer isn’t the same for every homeowner. For instance, a system that has been serviced regularly could be a smarter candidate for an AC repair because it will generally have a longer lifetime 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 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 choice to arrange an AC repair or invest in a replacement. Aged systems usually don’t operate as effectively as they did when they were new—and particularly not as efficiently as a new, energy-efficient model. In reality, you could reduce your energy consumption by more than you may know if you replace your outdated system with a new, energy-efficient unit. Most often, this savings will justify 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 older than 10 years old.

Outside your unit’s age, examine your AC repair history. If your system has stopped working several times, it’s prone to fail again—this circumstance can end up costing you more money in the future. When you think about possible rebates and increased efficiency, is a new system going to be more economical in the end?

Many experts recommend following “The $5,000” rule. Multiply the age of your system by the cost of the AC repair. If it’s more than $5,000, change the system. If it’s less, try the repair.

Here are some other questions you should consider:

  • Is your house cool enough in the summer? If not, your system isn’t working properly.
  • Are your energy bills increasing without extra usage? This is a symptom that your air conditioner is breaking down.
  • Is your system properly sized? If your unit is too small for your home, it can’t function properly. Also, if you’ve not long ago worked 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 consider a replacement, Lanz Furnace and Fireplace can help! Our experts can help you establish how much life is left in your system and what the top option for your home and budget will be. Call us at 608-291-3606 to setup an appointment for us to come out.