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

May 12, 2017

When your air conditioner in Cedar Rapids stops working, it can be tricky to know if it’s time for an AC repair, or if a replacement would be a greater 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 smarter candidate for an AC repair because it will probably have a longer lifespan than another system that hasn’t been serviced. Many other factors should be considered additionally 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 large factor in your choice to order an AC repair or invest in a replacement. Older systems usually don’t operate as effectively as they did when they were new—and particularly not as efficiently as a new, energy-efficient model. Actually, you could lower your energy consumption by more than you may think if you replace your outdated system with a new, energy-efficient unit. In many circumstances, this savings will support investment in a replacement system.

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

Beyond your unit’s age, check out your AC repair history. If your system has failed a few times, it’s probable to break down again—this situation can end up costing you more money in the future. When you think about potential rebates and improved efficiency, is a new system going to be more lucrative in the future?

Many experts suggest 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 comfortable enough in the summer? If not, your system isn’t running well.
  • Are your energy bills increasing without extra usage? This is a indication 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. Also, if you’ve recently worked to make your home more energy efficient, your system can in fact 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 consider a replacement, Ilten's Incorporated can help! Our experts can help you decide how much life is left in your system and what the ideal option for your home and budget will be. Call us at 319-208-3295 to setup an appointment for us to come out.