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

May 12, 2017

When your air conditioner in Opelika fails, it can be hard to know if it’s a sign for an AC repair, or if a replacement would be a smarter option for the long term. The answer isn’t the same for every homeowner. For instance, a system that has been serviced regularly could be a realistic candidate for an AC repair because it will almost certainly have a longer lifespan than another system that hasn’t been serviced. Many other factors should be taken into account 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 large factor in your choice to arrange an AC repair or invest in a replacement. Older systems usually don’t run as efficiently as they did when they were new—and definitely not as effectively as a new, energy-efficient model. In reality, you could lower your energy consumption by more than you may know if you exchange your outdated system with a new, energy-efficient unit.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 vary based on your exact equipment and how well it’s been cared for, but Energy Star proposes upgrading to an energy-efficient unit if your present-day 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 couple of times, it’s likely to fail again—this circumstance can end up costing you more money in the long term. When you consider potential rebates and enhanced efficiency, is a new system going to be more lucrative over time?

Many experts recommend 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, go for 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 increased usage? This is a indication 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 function properly. Also, if you’ve just worked to make your home more energy efficient, your system can in fact be greater than you need to cool a very efficient home.

If you’re not positive if you need an AC repair or if it’s time to get a replacement, Farnell Mechanical, Inc. can help! Our professionals can help you establish how much life is left in your system and what the best option for your home and budget will be. Call us at 334-245-4748 to setup an appointment for us to come out.