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

May 12, 2017

When your air conditioner in Chatsworth 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 future. The answer isn’t similar for every homeowner. For example, a system that has been well maintained could be a smarter candidate for an AC repair because it will generally have a longer existence than another system that hasn’t been maintained. Many other influences should be thought about on top of 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 huge factor in your decision to arrange an AC repair or invest in a replacement. Older systems usually don’t run as well 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 think if you replace your aged 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 differ based on your exact equipment and how well it’s been maintained, but Energy Star advises 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 circumstance can end up costing you more money in the long run. When you consider potential rebates and increased efficiency, is a new system going to be more cost-effective in the future?

Many technicians recommend 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 working properly.
  • 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 equipment is too small for your home, it can’t function properly. Likewise, if you’ve just taken measures 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 unclear about if you need an AC repair or if it’s time to get a replacement, True Temp Heating & Air Inc can help! Our specialists can help you determine how much life lingers in your system and what the best option for your home and budget will be. Call us at 706-695-7492 to setup an appointment for us to check it out.