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

May 12, 2017

When your air conditioner in Marshalltown breaks down, it can be tricky to know if it’s an occasion for an AC repair, or if a replacement would be a greater option for the future. The answer isn’t the same for every homeowner. For instance, a system that has been well maintained could be a realistic candidate for an AC repair because it will generally have a longer existence than another system that hasn’t been maintained. Many other influences should be thought about additionally 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 huge factor in your verdict to order an AC repair or invest in a replacement. Older systems usually don’t operate as efficiently as they did when they were new—and especially not as efficiently as a new, energy-efficient model. In reality, 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 cared for, but Energy Star advises upgrading to an energy-efficient unit if your current central air conditioner is older than 10 years old.

Outside your unit’s age, look at your AC repair history. If your system has stopped working several times, it’s probable to break down again—this circumstance can end up costing you more money in the future. When you take into account likely rebates and increased efficiency, is a new system going to be more lucrative in the future?

Many technicians 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, go for the repair.

Here are some other questions you should consider:

  • Is your house comfortable enough in the summer? If not, your system isn’t keeping up.
  • Are your energy bills spiking without enhanced usage? This is a sign that your air conditioner is on the fritz.
  • Is your system properly sized? If your equipment is too small for your home, it can’t run efficiently. Just the same, if you’ve just worked to make your home more energy efficient, your system can in fact be larger than you need to cool a very efficient home.

If you’re not positive if you need an AC repair or if it’s time to get a replacement, B & G HVAC can help! Our experts can help you determine how much life lingers in your system and what the ideal option for your home and budget will be. Call us at 641-323-1210 to setup an appointment for us to come out.