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

When your air conditioner in Williamsport stops working, it can be difficult to know if it’s an occasion for an AC repair, or if a replacement would be a greater option for the future. The answer isn’t the same for every homeowner. For instance, a system that has been serviced regularly could be a realistic candidate for an AC repair because it will almost certainly have a longer existence than another system that hasn’t been maintained. Many other influences should be taken into account in addition to this. We’ve got some questions that can help guide you.

How old is your system and how often are you repairing it?

The age of your air conditioner is a huge factor in your verdict to call for an AC repair or invest in a replacement. Dated systems usually don’t operate as well as they did when they were new—and particularly not as effectively as a new, energy-efficient model. In fact, you could lower your energy consumption by more than you thought possible if you exchange your outdated system with a new, energy-efficient unit.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 exact 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 more than 10 years old.

Outside your unit’s age, examine your AC repair history. If your system has stopped working a couple of times, it’s probable to break down again—this situation can end up costing you more money in the long run. When you consider possible rebates and increased efficiency, is a new system going to be more economical in the future?

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, go for 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 increasing without increased usage? This is a indication that your air conditioner is on the fritz.
  • Is your system properly sized? If your system is too small for your home, it can’t do its job. Just the same, if you’ve not long ago worked to make your home more energy efficient, your system can essentially be larger than you need to cool a very efficient home.

If you’re unclear about if you need an AC repair or if it’s time to think about a replacement, Lycoming Heating Company can help! Our professionals can help you decide how much life is left in your system and what the top option for your home and budget will be. Call us at 570-326-4450 or set up an appointment for us to check it out using our online scheduler.