When your air conditioner in York breaks down, it can be tricky to know if it’s time for an AC repair, or if a replacement would be a smarter option for the long term. The answer isn’t identical for every homeowner. For example, a system that has been well maintained could be a smarter candidate for an AC repair because it will generally have a longer lifetime than another system that hasn’t been serviced. Many other factors should be thought about 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 big factor in your choice to call for an AC repair or invest in a replacement. Aged systems usually don’t run as effectively as they did when they were new—and particularly not as well as a new, energy-efficient model. In fact, you could lower your energy consumption by more than you may think if you replace your older system with a new, energy-efficient unit. Usually, this savings will justify investment in a replacement system.
So how old is “too old”? That can change based on your particular equipment and how well it’s been maintained, but Energy Star recommends upgrading to an energy-efficient unit if your present-day central air conditioner is greater than 10 years old.
Beyond your unit’s age, examine your AC repair history. If your system has broken down a few times, it’s probable to break down again—this situation can end up costing you more money in the long run. When you think about potential rebates and improved efficiency, is a new system going to be more cost-effective in the future?
Many technicians 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, replace the system. If it’s less, try the repair.
Here are some other questions you should consider:
- Is your house cozy enough in the summer? If not, your system isn’t running well.
- Are your energy bills spiking without increased 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 function properly. Also, if you’ve just worked 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, Strine's Heating & Air Conditioning can help! Our experts can help you determine how much life lingers in your system and what the ideal option for your home and budget will be. Call us at 717-383-4479 to setup an appointment for us to check it out.