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

May 12, 2017

When your air conditioner in Cape Coral breaks down, it can be tricky to know if it’s a sign for an AC repair, or if a replacement would be a smarter option for the long run. The answer isn’t identical for every homeowner. For instance, a system that has been well maintained could be a smarter candidate for an AC repair because it will probably have a longer lifetime than another system that hasn’t been maintained. 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 choice to call for an AC repair or invest in a replacement. Aged systems usually don’t function as efficiently as they did when they were new—and especially not as well as a new, energy-efficient model. In fact, you could lower your energy consumption by more than you may think 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 exact equipment and how well it’s been maintained, but Energy Star proposes upgrading to an energy-efficient unit if your existing central air conditioner is more than 10 years old.

Outside your unit’s age, examine your AC repair history. If your system has broken down a couple of times, it’s likely to stop working again—this scenario can end up costing you more money in the future. When you consider potential rebates and enhanced efficiency, is a new system going to be more economical in the end?

Many professionals advise 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, 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 keeping up.
  • Are your energy bills spiking without enhanced usage? This is a sign that your air conditioner is failing.
  • Is your system properly sized? If your unit is too small for your home, it can’t run efficiently. Likewise, if you’ve not long ago taken measures 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, Comfort Zone Inc can help! Our professionals can help you decide how much life lingers in your system and what the ideal option for your home and budget will be. Call us at 239-214-0411 to setup an appointment for us to come out.