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

When your air conditioner in Ontario stops working, 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 instance, 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 serviced. 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 large 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 especially not as efficiently as a new, energy-efficient model. In reality, you could lower your energy consumption by more than you may know if you replace your outdated system with a new, energy-efficient unit.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 vary based on your specific equipment and how well it’s been maintained, but Energy Star advises upgrading to an energy-efficient unit if your existing central air conditioner is older than 10 years old.

Beyond 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 run. When you take into account potential rebates and increased efficiency, is a new system going to be more cost-effective over time?

Many technicians 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 comfortable enough in the summer? If not, your system isn’t running well.
  • Are your energy bills going up without enhanced usage? This is a symptom that your air conditioner is breaking down.
  • Is your system properly sized? If your system is too small for your home, it can’t function properly. Also, if you’ve recently did something 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 not positive if you need an AC repair or if it’s time to get a replacement, Stan's Heating, Inc can help! Our experts can help you determine how much life lingers in your system and what the ideal option for your home and budget will be. Call us at 541-286-6602 to setup an appointment for us to visit you.

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