AC Repair: Is it Time to Repair or Replace?

AC Repair: Is it Time to Repair or Replace?

AC Repair

The age old question most homeowners face when looking at a ac repair issue with their heating or air conditioner system. You may be thinking of moving out if the repair bill ends up being too high… But we all know we want the repair behind us and get on with our lives. So, how do you decide to keep what you have or to send it packing to the museum and start with something new? Find the answer to-should I repair or replace my air conditioner with the following:

Energy Efficiency.

Often times a heating an air conditioner system that are more than 10 years are outdated in terms of efficiency. 10 SEER and 78% AFUE for your furnace means your system is at the bare minimum operating efficiencies. And only so much work can bring your system back to normal, but it’s still costing more on your utility bills. A helpful tool for determining how much you can save can be. You simply plug in your factors such as utility rate costs and size of equipment and location of your home.

Air Conditioner Age.

If your system is older than 10 years old it may be time to fork over your cold cash for some cool savings. However, when was the last time we were replaced simply because we were old and aging? Dear! That would be horrible! Obviously there are more factors than just age but this can be a good guide to whether you should start considering something new or not. In most cases you find the age of your air conditioner with an inspection sticker located on the front or side of the equipment. If that isn’t the case, you can always call your local building department and find out when a mechanical inspection was last requested for your property. Most of the time our technicians can locate the age simply off of the serial number on your air conditioner. The first 4 digits of the serial number usually represent the year and week or the week and the year, depending on manufacture.

Cost of Repairs.

This is generally the main factor when looking for something new. We recommend a new furnace and new air conditioner if the repair is more than $800. But, if the system is only 6 years old, $800 doesn’t seem that bad of an investment to squeeze a few more years of life out of your system. So, we recommend looking at both the age and the cost of the repair. If your system is more than 10 years old AND will cost more than $800 to repair you should take a serious look at replacing your equipment. Also, if repairs continue to add up over the years of ownership, take this into account. $200 here and $600 next year can really add up.

We have also heard of the 50 Percent Rule:

When the cost of repairs approaches 50% of the value of your heating or cooling system, it’s generally time to replace the system. The only disadvantage to this rule is how in the world do you figure out the “value of your heating or cooling system”?? Good luck. And, if someone is trying to put a price tag on your aging system, better tell them to get packin’!