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

May 12, 2017

When your air conditioner in Crestview fails, it can be difficult to know if it’s an occasion for an AC repair, or if a replacement would be a better option for the future. The answer isn’t identical for every homeowner. For example, a system that has been taken care of 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 aspects should be taken into account on top of to this. We’ve got some questions that can help direct 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 order an AC repair or invest in a replacement. Dated systems usually don’t operate as effectively as they did when they were new—and especially not as effectively as a new, energy-efficient model. In fact, you could decrease your energy consumption by more than you thought possible if you exchange your aged system with a new, energy-efficient unit. In many circumstances, this savings will rationalize 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 cared for, but Energy Star recommends upgrading to an energy-efficient unit if your existing central air conditioner is more than 10 years old.

Past your unit’s age, examine your AC repair history. If your system has stopped working several 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 improved efficiency, is a new system going to be more cost-effective over time?

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, 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 keeping up.
  • Are your energy bills increasing without increased usage? This is a indication that your air conditioner is breaking down.
  • Is your system properly sized? If your equipment is too small for your home, it can’t function properly. Likewise, if you’ve not long ago worked 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 positive if you need an AC repair or if it’s time to get a replacement, Gordon Air Conditioning can help! Our professionals can help you establish how much life remains in your system and what the ideal option for your home and budget will be. Call us at 850-250-0335 to setup an appointment for us to come out.