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

When your air conditioner in Winnipeg stops working, it can be tricky to know if it’s a sign for an AC repair, or if a replacement would be a greater option for the long term. The answer isn’t similar for every homeowner. For instance, a system that has been serviced regularly could be a better candidate for an AC repair because it will almost certainly have a longer lifetime 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 lead 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 decision to call for an AC repair or invest in a replacement. Older systems usually don’t run as effectively as they did when they were new—and especially not as effectively as a new, energy-efficient model. In reality, you could lower your energy consumption by more than you may think if you replace your older system with a new, energy-efficient unit. Most often, this savings will justify investment in a replacement system.

So how old is “too old”? That can change based on your exact equipment and how well it’s been maintained, but Energy Star recommends upgrading to an energy-efficient unit if your present-day central air conditioner is greater than 10 years old.

Past your unit’s age, check out your AC repair history. If your system has failed a couple of times, it’s likely to break down again—this scenario can end up costing you more money in the long term. When you think about potential rebates and increased efficiency, is a new system going to be more lucrative over time?

Many technicians advise following “The $5,000” rule. Multiply the age of your system by the cost of the AC repair. If it’s more than $5,000, exchange the system. If it’s less, just get 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 extra usage? This is a sign that your air conditioner is on the fritz.
  • Is your system properly sized? If your unit 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 in fact 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, Kirkfield Heating & Air Conditioning can help! Our experts can help you establish how much life lingers in your system and what the ideal option for your home and budget will be. Call us at 204-272-8128 to setup an appointment for us to visit you.

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