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

When your air conditioner in Ontario breaks down, it can be tricky to know if it’s an occasion for an AC repair, or if a replacement would be a greater option for the long term. The answer isn’t identical for every homeowner. For example, a system that has been taken care of 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 aspects should be thought about additionally 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 big factor in your verdict to arrange an AC repair or invest in a replacement. Older systems usually don’t run as well as they did when they were new—and particularly not as effectively as a new, energy-efficient model. In reality, you could lower your energy consumption by more than you may know if you swap out your outdated system with a new, energy-efficient unit. Most often, this savings will rationalize investment in a replacement system.

So how old is “too old”? That can differ based on your specific 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, examine your AC repair history. If your system has failed a few times, it’s probable to fail again—this scenario can end up costing you more money in the long term. When you take into account possible rebates and increased efficiency, is a new system going to be more lucrative over time?

Many professionals advise following “The $5,000” rule. Multiply the age of your unit by the cost of the AC repair. If it’s more than $5,000, change 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 running well.
  • Are your energy bills increasing without enhanced usage? This is a sign that your air conditioner is breaking down.
  • Is your system properly sized? If your equipment is too small for your home, it can’t do its job. Also, if you’ve recently did something to make your home more energy efficient, your system can actually be greater 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 get a replacement, Stan's Heating, Inc can help! Our professionals can help you decide how much life lingers in your system and what the best option for your home and budget will be. Call us at 541-889-3987 or schedule an appointment for us to visit you using our online scheduler.