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

May 12, 2017

When your air conditioner in Huffman breaks down, it can be difficult to know if it’s time for an AC repair, or if a replacement would be a better option for the long term. The answer isn’t similar for every homeowner. For instance, a system that has been well maintained could be a smarter candidate for an AC repair because it will generally have a longer lifetime than another system that hasn’t been maintained. Many other influences should be thought about 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 big factor in your choice to call for an AC repair or invest in a replacement. Dated systems usually don’t operate as effectively as they did when they were new—and particularly not as effectively as a new, energy-efficient model. Actually, you could decrease your energy consumption by more than you may know 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 vary based on your specific 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.

Past your unit’s age, look at your AC repair history. If your system has broken down a couple of times, it’s prone to stop working again—this circumstance can end up costing you more money in the long term. When you take into account potential rebates and improved efficiency, is a new system going to be more cost-effective in the future?

Many experts recommend 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, change the system. If it’s less, go for the repair.

Here are some other questions you should consider:

  • Is your house cozy enough in the summer? If not, your system isn’t working properly.
  • Are your energy bills going up without enhanced usage? This is a symptom that your air conditioner is failing.
  • Is your system properly sized? If your system is too small for your home, it can’t run efficiently. 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, Air Houston Mechanical LLC can help! Our professionals can help you decide how much life is left in your system and what the best option for your home and budget will be. Call us at 832-224-3887 to setup an appointment for us to visit you.