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

May 12, 2017

When your air conditioner in Norton fails, 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 identical for every homeowner. For instance, a system that has been taken care of could be a better candidate for an AC repair because it will almost certainly have a longer lifespan than another system that hasn’t been upheld. 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 huge factor in your choice to call for an AC repair or invest in a replacement. Older systems usually don’t operate as effectively as they did when they were new—and definitely not as effectively as a new, energy-efficient model. Actually, you could lower your energy consumption by more than you may know if you swap out your aged system with a new, energy-efficient unit. In many circumstances, this savings will justify 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 recommends upgrading to an energy-efficient unit if your present-day central air conditioner is more than 10 years old.

Outside your unit’s age, check out your AC repair history. If your system has broken down several times, it’s likely to stop working again—this scenario can end up costing you more money in the long term. When you think about likely rebates and enhanced efficiency, is a new system going to be more economical over time?

Many professionals advise 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, go for the repair.

Here are some other questions you should consider:

  • Is your house cool enough in the summer? If not, your system isn’t working properly.
  • Are your energy bills spiking without extra usage? This is a symptom that your air conditioner is breaking down.
  • Is your system properly sized? If your system is too small for your home, it can’t function properly. Likewise, if you’ve recently worked to make your home more energy efficient, your system can essentially be greater 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 get a replacement, HCE Systems Inc can help! Our specialists can help you determine how much life lingers in your system and what the ideal option for your home and budget will be. Call us at 276-302-0076 to setup an appointment for us to visit you.