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

May 12, 2017

When your air conditioner in Huffman fails, it can be difficult to know if it’s a sign for an AC repair, or if a replacement would be a smarter option for the long run. The answer isn’t the same for every homeowner. For instance, a system that has been well maintained could be a better candidate for an AC repair because it will almost certainly have a longer existence than another system that hasn’t been maintained. Many other aspects should be thought about 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 order an AC repair or invest in a replacement. Older systems usually don’t run as well as they did when they were new—and definitely not as effectively as a new, energy-efficient model. In reality, you could lower your energy consumption by more than you thought possible if you swap out your outdated system with a new, energy-efficient unit.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 exact 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 older than 10 years old.

Past your unit’s age, look at your AC repair history. If your system has stopped working several times, it’s prone to fail again—this situation 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 economical over time?

Many experts suggest 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, change 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 keeping up.
  • Are your energy bills increasing without enhanced usage? This is a symptom that your air conditioner is breaking down.
  • Is your system properly sized? If your equipment is too small for your home, it can’t do its job. Also, if you’ve not long ago worked to make your home more energy efficient, your system can essentially be greater 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 think about a replacement, Air Houston Mechanical LLC can help! Our experts can help you establish how much life lingers in your system and what the top option for your home and budget will be. Call us at 832-777-1521 to setup an appointment for us to come out.