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

May 12, 2017

When your air conditioner in Hudsonville breaks down, it can be hard to know if it’s a sign for an AC repair, or if a replacement would be a smarter option for the future. The answer isn’t similar 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 aspects should be considered 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 huge factor in your verdict to order an AC repair or invest in a replacement. Aged systems usually don’t operate as well as they did when they were new—and definitely not as effectively as a new, energy-efficient model. In fact, 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 differ based on your specific equipment and how well it’s been cared for, but Energy Star advises upgrading to an energy-efficient unit if your existing central air conditioner is greater than 10 years old.

Past your unit’s age, examine your AC repair history. If your system has stopped working several times, it’s prone to break down again—this scenario can end up costing you more money in the long run. When you think about likely rebates and enhanced efficiency, is a new system going to be more cost-effective over time?

Many professionals 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, go for the repair.

Here are some other questions you should consider:

  • Is your house cool enough in the summer? If not, your system isn’t keeping up.
  • Are your energy bills increasing without extra usage? This is a indication that your air conditioner is breaking down.
  • Is your system properly sized? If your system is too small for your home, it can’t do its job. Just the same, if you’ve recently did something to make your home more energy efficient, your system can in fact be bigger 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 get a replacement, West Michigan Heating & Air Conditioning Services can help! Our professionals can help you establish how much life remains in your system and what the ideal option for your home and budget will be. Call us at (616) 669-3961 to setup an appointment for us to visit you.