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

May 12, 2017

When your air conditioner in Redford breaks down, 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 identical for every homeowner. E.g., a system that has been taken care of could be a better candidate for an AC repair because it will almost certainly have a longer lifetime than another system that hasn’t been upheld. Many other factors should be taken into account on top of 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 huge factor in your verdict to arrange an AC repair or invest in a replacement. Older systems usually don’t operate as effectively as they did when they were new—and especially not as effectively as a new, energy-efficient model. In fact, you could lower your energy consumption by more than you may know if you swap out your outdated system with a new, energy-efficient unit. In many circumstances, this savings will justify investment in a replacement system.

So how old is “too old”? That can differ based on your exact equipment and how well it’s been cared for, but Energy Star proposes upgrading to an energy-efficient unit if your existing central air conditioner is more than 10 years old.

Past your unit’s age, look at your AC repair history. If your system has stopped working a couple of times, it’s prone to stop working again—this scenario can end up costing you more money in the long run. When you think about potential rebates and increased efficiency, is a new system going to be more lucrative in the future?

Many experts advise 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, exchange the system. If it’s less, try 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 going up without extra usage? This is a symptom 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 function properly. Also, if you’ve just worked to make your home more energy efficient, your system can actually 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 consider a replacement, Airtronic Heating & Cooling can help! Our specialists can help you establish how much life is left in your system and what the top option for your home and budget will be. Call us at 313-230-4053 to setup an appointment for us to visit you.