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

May 12, 2017

When your air conditioner in Litchfield Park 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 long run. The answer isn’t the same for every homeowner. E.g., a system that has been well maintained could be a smarter candidate for an AC repair because it will probably have a longer lifespan than another system that hasn’t been serviced. Many other aspects should be considered on top of 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 large factor in your choice to call for an AC repair or invest in a replacement. Dated systems usually don’t function as effectively as they did when they were new—and particularly not as effectively as a new, energy-efficient model. Actually, you could reduce your energy consumption by more than you thought possible if you swap out your older system with a new, energy-efficient unit. In many circumstances, this savings will rationalize 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 cared for, but Energy Star proposes upgrading to an energy-efficient unit if your existing central air conditioner is more than 10 years old.

Beyond your unit’s age, check out your AC repair history. If your system has stopped working a couple of times, it’s likely to stop working again—this scenario can end up costing you more money in the future. When you take into account possible rebates and increased efficiency, is a new system going to be more lucrative in the future?

Many professionals 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, try 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 increasing 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 run efficiently. Also, if you’ve recently did something 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 consider a replacement, Cooler Tymes LLC can help! Our professionals can help you decide how much life lingers in your system and what the top option for your home and budget will be. Call us at 623-208-6444 to setup an appointment for us to check it out.