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

May 12, 2017

When your air conditioner in East Bernard breaks down, it can be hard 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. For example, a system that has been serviced regularly could be a better candidate for an AC repair because it will almost certainly have a longer lifespan than another system that hasn’t been serviced. Many other aspects should be considered additionally 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 arrange an AC repair or invest in a replacement. Dated systems usually don’t run as effectively as they did when they were new—and particularly not as well as a new, energy-efficient model. In reality, you could lower your energy consumption by more than you thought possible if you exchange your outdated system with a new, energy-efficient unit.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 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 existing central air conditioner is greater than 10 years old.

Past your unit’s age, examine your AC repair history. If your system has stopped working a couple of 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 enhanced 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 system by the cost of the AC repair. If it’s more than $5,000, exchange the system. If it’s less, go for 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 spiking without enhanced usage? This is a indication that your air conditioner is breaking down.
  • Is your system properly sized? If your unit is too small for your home, it can’t run efficiently. Just the same, if you’ve just did something to make your home more energy efficient, your system can essentially be larger 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 think about a replacement, E.B. Air, LLC can help! Our experts can help you determine how much life lingers in your system and what the best option for your home and budget will be. Call us at 979-335-4262 to setup an appointment for us to visit you.