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

May 12, 2017

When your air conditioner in Stuart fails, it can be hard 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 identical for every homeowner. E.g., a system that has been serviced regularly could be a smarter candidate for an AC repair because it will generally have a longer lifespan than another system that hasn’t been serviced. Many other factors should be considered 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 huge factor in your decision to arrange an AC repair or invest in a replacement. Older systems usually don’t function as well as they did when they were new—and especially not as effectively as a new, energy-efficient model. In reality, you could decrease your energy consumption by more than you may know if you replace your older system with a new, energy-efficient unit. In many circumstances, this savings will justify investment in a replacement system.

So how old is “too old”? That can change 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 more than 10 years old.

Beyond 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 run. When you take into account potential rebates and increased efficiency, is a new system going to be more lucrative in the future?

Many experts advise 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, 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 working properly.
  • Are your energy bills spiking without enhanced usage? This is a symptom that your air conditioner is failing.
  • Is your system properly sized? If your equipment is too small for your home, it can’t function properly. Also, if you’ve not long ago 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 get a replacement, Breathe Healthier Air can help! Our specialists can help you establish how much life lingers in your system and what the best option for your home and budget will be. Call us at 772-600-7151 to setup an appointment for us to check it out.