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

May 12, 2017

When your air conditioner in Katy breaks down, it can be hard 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 the same for every homeowner. For instance, a system that has been well maintained could be a better candidate for an AC repair because it will probably have a longer lifetime than another system that hasn’t been serviced. 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 huge factor in your verdict to call for an AC repair or invest in a replacement. Older systems usually don’t run as well as they did when they were new—and definitely not as effectively as a new, energy-efficient model. In fact, you could lower your energy consumption by more than you may know if you replace 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 change based on your specific equipment and how well it’s been cared for, but Energy Star proposes upgrading to an energy-efficient unit if your current central air conditioner is older than 10 years old.

Past your unit’s age, check out your AC repair history. If your system has broken down a few times, it’s probable to stop working again—this circumstance can end up costing you more money in the future. When you think about likely rebates and increased efficiency, is a new system going to be more lucrative in the end?

Many technicians recommend 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, change the system. If it’s less, just get the repair.

Here are some other questions you should consider:

  • Is your house cozy enough in the summer? If not, your system isn’t running well.
  • Are your energy bills increasing without enhanced usage? This is a symptom that your air conditioner is on the fritz.
  • Is your system properly sized? If your system is too small for your home, it can’t run efficiently. Likewise, if you’ve recently did something 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 not sure if you need an AC repair or if it’s time to consider a replacement, Goode Bros AC & Heating can help! Our specialists can help you determine how much life remains in your system and what the best option for your home and budget will be. Call us at (833)-466-3322 to setup an appointment for us to visit you.