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

May 12, 2017

When your air conditioner in Gresham fails, it can be tricky to know if it’s time for an AC repair, or if a replacement would be a smarter option for the future. The answer isn’t similar for every homeowner. For example, a system that has been taken care of could be a smarter candidate for an AC repair because it will generally have a longer existence than another system that hasn’t been upheld. Many other factors should be taken into account in addition 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 large factor in your verdict to order an AC repair or invest in a replacement. Dated systems usually don’t function as well as they did when they were new—and particularly not as well as a new, energy-efficient model. Actually, you could decrease your energy consumption by more than you thought possible if you replace your aged 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 vary 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 greater than 10 years old.

Outside your unit’s age, look at your AC repair history. If your system has failed a few times, it’s likely to break down again—this scenario can end up costing you more money in the future. When you think about potential rebates and increased efficiency, is a new system going to be more lucrative over time?

Many technicians suggest 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, exchange the system. If it’s less, just get the repair.

Here are some other questions you should consider:

  • Is your house comfortable enough in the summer? If not, your system isn’t working properly.
  • Are your energy bills increasing without enhanced usage? This is a indication that your air conditioner is failing.
  • Is your system properly sized? If your equipment 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 not sure if you need an AC repair or if it’s time to think about a replacement, Honke Heating & AC can help! Our experts 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 503-663-8033 to setup an appointment for us to come out.