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

May 12, 2017

When your air conditioner in Huntsville stops working, it can be tricky to know if it’s an occasion for an AC repair, or if a replacement would be a better option for the long run. The answer isn’t identical for every homeowner. E.g., a system that has been taken care of could be a smarter candidate for an AC repair because it will almost certainly have a longer existence than another system that hasn’t been maintained. Many other influences should be considered 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 large factor in your decision to call for an AC repair or invest in a replacement. Older systems usually don’t function as efficiently as they did when they were new—and particularly not as effectively as a new, energy-efficient model. Actually, you could lower your energy consumption by more than you may know if you swap out your older system with a new, energy-efficient unit. Usually, this savings will justify 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 proposes upgrading to an energy-efficient unit if your existing central air conditioner is greater than 10 years old.

Beyond your unit’s age, examine your AC repair history. If your system has failed a few times, it’s probable to break down again—this scenario can end up costing you more money in the long term. When you take into account possible rebates and enhanced efficiency, is a new system going to be more cost-effective in the end?

Many experts suggest 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, change the system. If it’s less, just get the repair.

Here are some other questions you should consider:

  • Is your house cool enough in the summer? If not, your system isn’t working properly.
  • Are your energy bills going up without enhanced usage? This is a symptom 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. Likewise, if you’ve just did something to make your home more energy efficient, your system can in fact 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, All Weather Heating & Air Conditioning Inc can help! Our professionals can help you determine how much life remains in your system and what the ideal option for your home and budget will be. Call us at 256-801-4701 to setup an appointment for us to check it out.