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

When your air conditioner in Portland Metro breaks down, it can be difficult to know if it’s an occasion for an AC repair, or if a replacement would be a better option for the long term. The answer isn’t the same for every homeowner. For instance, a system that has been taken care of could be a better candidate for an AC repair because it will generally have a longer existence than another system that hasn’t been serviced. Many other aspects should be taken into account in addition 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 choice to arrange an AC repair or invest in a replacement. Dated systems usually don’t operate as efficiently as they did when they were new—and definitely not as effectively as a new, energy-efficient model. Actually, you could reduce your energy consumption by more than you may think if you exchange your aged system with a new, energy-efficient unit. Usually, this savings will justify 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 taken care of, but Energy Star proposes upgrading to an energy-efficient unit if your existing central air conditioner is more than 10 years old.

Past your unit’s age, check out your AC repair history. If your system has stopped working a few times, it’s likely to break down again—this situation can end up costing you more money in the long run. When you take into account likely rebates and enhanced 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 unit 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 comfortable enough in the summer? If not, your system isn’t running well.
  • Are your energy bills going up without extra usage? This is a symptom that your air conditioner is on the fritz.
  • Is your system properly sized? If your equipment is too small for your home, it can’t do its job. Likewise, if you’ve recently worked to make your home more energy efficient, your system can actually be larger 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 think about a replacement, Central Air Inc can help! Our specialists can help you decide how much life lingers in your system and what the ideal option for your home and budget will be. Call us at 503-656-1908 or schedule an appointment for us to visit you using our online scheduler.