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

May 12, 2017

When your air conditioner in Pocatello stops working, it can be tricky to know if it’s time for an AC repair, or if a replacement would be a better option for the future. The answer isn’t identical for every homeowner. For example, a system that has been well maintained 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 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 verdict to call for 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 well as a new, energy-efficient model. In reality, you could decrease your energy consumption by more than you may think if you swap out your aged system with a new, energy-efficient unit. Usually, 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 maintained, but Energy Star proposes upgrading to an energy-efficient unit if your present-day central air conditioner is older than 10 years old.

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

Many experts 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, replace 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 working properly.
  • Are your energy bills spiking without extra usage? This is a sign that your air conditioner is on the fritz.
  • Is your system properly sized? If your system 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 essentially be greater 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 think about a replacement, Vogts Heating & Air can help! Our specialists can help you decide how much life remains in your system and what the top option for your home and budget will be. Call us at 208-621-0129 to setup an appointment for us to visit you.