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

May 12, 2017

When your air conditioner in Alice 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 future. The answer isn’t identical for every homeowner. For example, a system that has been well maintained could be a better candidate for an AC repair because it will generally have a longer lifespan 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 direct 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 choice to order an AC repair or invest in a replacement. Older 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 In reality, you could reduce your energy consumption by more than you thought possible if you replace your outdated system with a new, energy-efficient unit.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 vary based on your particular equipment and how well it’s been cared for, but Energy Star recommends upgrading to an energy-efficient unit if your current central air conditioner is older than 10 years old.

Beyond your unit’s age, look at your AC repair history. If your system has stopped working several times, it’s likely to fail again—this situation can end up costing you more money in the long term. When you consider possible rebates and enhanced efficiency, is a new system going to be more economical in the future?

Many professionals recommend following “The $5,000” rule. Multiply the age of your unit 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 keeping up.
  • Are your energy bills increasing without enhanced usage? This is a sign that your air conditioner is on the fritz.
  • Is your system properly sized? If your unit is too small for your home, it can’t do its job. Also, if you’ve just worked to make your home more energy efficient, your system can actually be greater than you need to cool a very efficient home.

If you’re unclear about if you need an AC repair or if it’s time to think about a replacement, Rescue Heating & Air can help! Our professionals can help you determine how much life is left in your system and what the top option for your home and budget will be. Call us at 361-265-4371 to setup an appointment for us to check it out.