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

May 12, 2017

When your air conditioner in Bartlesville stops working, it can be tricky to know if it’s an occasion for an AC repair, or if a replacement would be a better option for the long run. The answer isn’t the same for every homeowner. For example, a system that has been serviced regularly could be a better candidate for an AC repair because it will almost certainly have a longer existence than another system that hasn’t been serviced. Many other aspects should be thought about 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 decision 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 effectively as a new, energy-efficient model. In reality, you could lower your energy consumption by more than you may think if you swap out your outdated system with a new, energy-efficient unit.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 differ based on your specific equipment and how well it’s been maintained, but Energy Star recommends upgrading to an energy-efficient unit if your existing central air conditioner is more than 10 years old.

Outside your unit’s age, look at your AC repair history. If your system has stopped working a few times, it’s likely to fail again—this circumstance can end up costing you more money in the long run. When you consider likely rebates and improved efficiency, is a new system going to be more economical over time?

Many experts suggest following “The $5,000” rule. Multiply the age of your unit by the cost of the AC repair. If it’s more than $5,000, replace 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 running well.
  • 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. Just the same, if you’ve just taken measures to make your home more energy efficient, your system can actually be bigger 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 think about a replacement, Farris Heating & Air can help! Our professionals can help you determine how much life remains in your system and what the best option for your home and budget will be. Call us at 918-534-8194 to setup an appointment for us to check it out.