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

When your air conditioner in Gresham 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 future. The answer isn’t similar for every homeowner. For example, a system that has been well maintained 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 influences should be considered in addition 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 verdict to call for an AC repair or invest in a replacement. Older systems usually don’t function as well as they did when they were new—and especially not as well as a new, energy-efficient model. In fact, you could reduce your energy consumption by more than you may think if you replace your aged system with a new, energy-efficient unit. Usually, this savings will rationalize investment in a replacement system.

So how old is “too old”? That can vary based on your exact equipment and how well it’s been taken care of, but Energy Star recommends upgrading to an energy-efficient unit if your present-day central air conditioner is greater than 10 years old.

Outside your unit’s age, check out your AC repair history. If your system has failed several times, it’s likely to break down again—this situation can end up costing you more money in the future. When you consider potential rebates and increased efficiency, is a new system going to be more cost-effective over time?

Many professionals 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, 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 going up without enhanced usage? This is a indication 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 recently did something to make your home more energy efficient, your system can essentially 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 consider a replacement, Honke Heating & AC can help! Our professionals can help you decide how much life lingers in your system and what the top option for your home and budget will be. Call us at 503-376-8806 to setup an appointment for us to come out.

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