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

May 12, 2017

When your air conditioner in Lafayette fails, it can be difficult to know if it’s time for an AC repair, or if a replacement would be a greater option for the future. The answer isn’t similar for every homeowner. For instance, a system that has been taken care of could be a better candidate for an AC repair because it will generally have a longer existence than another system that hasn’t been upheld. Many other factors should be thought about in addition 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 big factor in your verdict to arrange an AC repair or invest in a replacement. Aged systems usually don’t run as efficiently as they did when they were new—and especially not as well as a new, energy-efficient model. In fact, you could reduce your energy consumption by more than you thought possible if you replace your aged system with a new, energy-efficient unit. Usually, this savings will support 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 taken care of, but Energy Star proposes upgrading to an energy-efficient unit if your current central air conditioner is greater than 10 years old.

Past your unit’s age, examine your AC repair history. If your system has broken down several times, it’s likely to stop working again—this scenario can end up costing you more money in the future. When you consider likely rebates and increased efficiency, is a new system going to be more economical over time?

Many professionals suggest 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, try 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 sign that your air conditioner is failing.
  • Is your system properly sized? If your equipment is too small for your home, it can’t run efficiently. Also, if you’ve just taken measures 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 get a replacement, AC Sales can help! Our specialists can help you decide how much life is left in your system and what the top option for your home and budget will be. Call us at (337) 234-2345 to setup an appointment for us to check it out.