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

When your air conditioner in Orrville breaks down, it can be tricky to know if it’s time for an AC repair, or if a replacement would be a better option for the future. 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 almost certainly have a longer existence than another system that hasn’t been serviced. Many other factors should be thought about on top of to this. We’ve got some questions that can help lead 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 decision to call for an AC repair or invest in a replacement. Aged systems usually don’t function as efficiently as they did when they were new—and especially not as effectively as a new, energy-efficient model. In fact, you could decrease your energy consumption by more than you thought possible if you swap out your aged system with a new, energy-efficient unit. Most often, this savings will support 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 cared for, but Energy Star advises upgrading to an energy-efficient unit if your present-day central air conditioner is greater than 10 years old.

Past your unit’s age, examine your AC repair history. If your system has failed a couple of times, it’s probable to stop working again—this situation can end up costing you more money in the long run. When you think about potential rebates and improved efficiency, is a new system going to be more cost-effective in the future?

Many professionals 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, exchange the system. If it’s less, go for the repair.

Here are some other questions you should consider:

  • Is your house cool enough in the summer? If not, your system isn’t working properly.
  • Are your energy bills spiking without extra usage? This is a sign that your air conditioner is failing.
  • Is your system properly sized? If your unit is too small for your home, it can’t do its job. Likewise, if you’ve just 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, Daniel's Heating - Cooling & Electric can help! Our specialists can help you determine how much life is left in your system and what the ideal option for your home and budget will be. Call us at 330-821-8432 or set up an appointment for us to visit you using our online scheduler.