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

May 12, 2017

When your air conditioner in Booneville fails, it can be hard to know if it’s a sign for an AC repair, or if a replacement would be a better option for the future. The answer isn’t similar for every homeowner. For example, a system that has been serviced regularly could be a better candidate for an AC repair because it will probably have a longer lifetime than another system that hasn’t been maintained. Many other aspects should be taken into account 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 verdict to arrange an AC repair or invest in a replacement. Older systems usually don’t run as effectively as they did when they were new—and definitely not as effectively as a new, energy-efficient model. Actually, you could decrease your energy consumption by more than you may know if you exchange your outdated system with a new, energy-efficient unit. Most often, this savings will support investment in a replacement system.

So how old is “too old”? That can vary based on your exact equipment and how well it’s been taken care of, 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, look at your AC repair history. If your system has stopped working a few times, it’s likely to stop working again—this scenario can end up costing you more money in the long term. When you think about possible rebates and increased efficiency, is a new system going to be more cost-effective in the end?

Many professionals 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 working properly.
  • Are your energy bills spiking without increased usage? This is a indication that your air conditioner is on the fritz.
  • Is your system properly sized? If your equipment is too small for your home, it can’t do its job. Just the same, if you’ve recently worked to make your home more energy efficient, your system can actually be bigger 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, Booneville Heating & Cooling LLC can help! Our specialists can help you establish how much life lingers in your system and what the ideal option for your home and budget will be. Call us at 662-269-8716 to setup an appointment for us to check it out.