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

May 12, 2017

When your air conditioner in Grand Prairie breaks down, it can be tricky to know if it’s an occasion for an AC repair, or if a replacement would be a greater option for the long term. The answer isn’t similar for every homeowner. For instance, a system that has been serviced regularly could be a smarter candidate for an AC repair because it will generally have a longer lifespan than another system that hasn’t been serviced. Many other factors should be thought about on top of 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 verdict to arrange an AC repair or invest in a replacement. Older 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 decrease your energy consumption by more than you thought possible if you replace 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 change based on your particular equipment and how well it’s been cared for, but Energy Star recommends upgrading to an energy-efficient unit if your current central air conditioner is more than 10 years old.

Outside your unit’s age, look at your AC repair history. If your system has failed a few times, it’s likely to stop working again—this situation can end up costing you more money in the long term. When you think about possible rebates and enhanced efficiency, is a new system going to be more cost-effective over time?

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, replace the system. If it’s less, just get the repair.

Here are some other questions you should consider:

  • Is your house cool enough in the summer? If not, your system isn’t keeping up.
  • Are your energy bills increasing without extra usage? This is a sign that your air conditioner is on the fritz.
  • Is your system properly sized? If your unit is too small for your home, it can’t function properly. Also, if you’ve just did something to make your home more energy efficient, your system can actually 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 consider a replacement, Bon Air Service Company can help! Our specialists can help you determine how much life is left in your system and what the ideal option for your home and budget will be. Call us at 972-332-1028 to setup an appointment for us to check it out.