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How to Determine if It’s Time for an AC Repair or Replacement

When your air conditioner in York stops working, it can be difficult to know if it’s a sign for an AC repair, or if a replacement would be a greater option for the long run. 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 generally have a longer lifespan than another system that hasn’t been serviced. Many other influences should be taken into account on top of 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 huge factor in your decision to order an AC repair or invest in a replacement. Dated systems usually don’t run as efficiently as they did when they were new—and especially not as well as a new, energy-efficient model. In reality, you could lower your energy consumption by more than you may think if you exchange your outdated system with a new, energy-efficient unit. Usually, this savings will rationalize investment in a replacement system.

So how old is “too old”? That can vary based on your exact equipment and how well it’s been maintained, but Energy Star recommends upgrading to an energy-efficient unit if your current central air conditioner is older than 10 years old.

Past your unit’s age, check out your AC repair history. If your system has failed a couple of times, it’s prone to fail again—this circumstance can end up costing you more money in the long term. When you think about possible rebates and increased efficiency, is a new system going to be more cost-effective in the future?

Many experts recommend 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, replace the system. If it’s less, just get the repair.

Here are some other questions you should consider:

  • Is your house cool enough in the summer? If not, your system isn’t running well.
  • Are your energy bills spiking 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 function properly. 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 not positive if you need an AC repair or if it’s time to get a replacement, Strine's Heating & A/C Inc can help! Our specialists can help you determine how much life remains in your system and what the ideal option for your home and budget will be. Call us at 717-755-4127 or arrange an appointment for us to come out using our online scheduler.