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

May 12, 2017

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 well maintained could be a smarter candidate for an AC repair because it will probably have a longer existence than another system that hasn’t been maintained. Many other factors should be considered 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 choice to call for an AC repair or invest in a replacement. Aged systems usually don’t operate 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 Actually, you could decrease your energy consumption by more than you may know if you exchange your outdated system with a new, energy-efficient unit. In many circumstances, this savings will rationalize investment in a replacement system.

So how old is “too old”? That can differ based on your exact equipment and how well it’s been maintained, but Energy Star advises 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 likely to stop working again—this circumstance can end up costing you more money in the long run. When you consider possible rebates and enhanced efficiency, is a new system going to be more cost-effective in the end?

Many technicians 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, 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 extra 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 function properly. Likewise, if you’ve not long ago taken measures to make your home more energy efficient, your system can essentially be bigger than you need to cool a very efficient home.

If you’re not sure if you need an AC repair or if it’s time to consider 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 503-374-1934 to setup an appointment for us to check it out.