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

May 12, 2017

When your air conditioner in Huntingburg stops working, it can be difficult to know if it’s a sign for an AC repair, or if a replacement would be a better option for the future. The answer isn’t the same for every homeowner. E.g., a system that has been serviced regularly could be a smarter candidate for an AC repair because it will probably have a longer lifetime than another system that hasn’t been upheld. Many other factors 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 large factor in your choice to order an AC repair or invest in a replacement. Older systems usually don’t function as effectively as they did when they were new—and especially not as well as a new, energy-efficient model. Actually, you could reduce your energy consumption by more than you may think if you swap out your aged system with a new, energy-efficient unit. Most often, this savings will support 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 cared for, but Energy Star recommends upgrading to an energy-efficient unit if your current 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 several times, it’s prone to break down again—this circumstance can end up costing you more money in the long run. When you think about potential rebates and enhanced efficiency, is a new system going to be more cost-effective over time?

Many technicians advise 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 cozy enough in the summer? If not, your system isn’t keeping up.
  • Are your energy bills going up without increased usage? This is a sign that your air conditioner is failing.
  • Is your system properly sized? If your system is too small for your home, it can’t function properly. Also, if you’ve recently 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 unclear about if you need an AC repair or if it’s time to get a replacement, Dearing's Service & Solutions can help! Our specialists can help you determine how much life lingers in your system and what the best option for your home and budget will be. Call us at 812-200-5844 to setup an appointment for us to check it out.