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

When your air conditioner in Beaverton fails, 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 future. The answer isn’t similar for every homeowner. For example, a system that has been taken care of could be a better candidate for an AC repair because it will generally have a longer existence than another system that hasn’t been serviced. Many other influences should be taken into account in addition 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 call for an AC repair or invest in a replacement. Aged systems usually don’t function as effectively as they did when they were new—and especially not as effectively as a new, energy-efficient model. Actually, you could decrease your energy consumption by more than you may know if you exchange your older 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 cared for, but Energy Star advises upgrading to an energy-efficient unit if your current central air conditioner is older than 10 years old.

Beyond your unit’s age, look at your AC repair history. If your system has failed a couple of times, it’s likely to stop working again—this circumstance can end up costing you more money in the long term. When you think about possible rebates and improved efficiency, is a new system going to be more cost-effective in the end?

Many technicians 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, exchange the system. If it’s less, try 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 increased usage? This is a indication that your air conditioner is failing.
  • Is your system properly sized? If your system is too small for your home, it can’t do its job. Likewise, if you’ve not long ago worked to make your home more energy efficient, your system can essentially be larger 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, Garoken Energy Co. Inc. can help! Our experts can help you establish how much life lingers in your system and what the top option for your home and budget will be. Call us at 503-848-3838 or set up an appointment for us to come out using our online scheduler.