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How to Determine if It’s Time for an AC Repair or Replacement

When your air conditioner in Pinellas County 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 future. The answer isn’t the same for every homeowner. E.g., a system that has been well maintained 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 maintained. Many other factors should be thought about in addition 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 large factor in your decision to call for an AC repair or invest in a replacement. Aged systems usually don’t run as efficiently as they did when they were new—and particularly not as efficiently as a new, energy-efficient model. In fact, you could decrease your energy consumption by more than you may know if you replace your aged system with a new, energy-efficient unit. Most often, this savings will rationalize investment in a replacement system.

So how old is “too old”? That can vary based on your specific equipment and how well it’s been cared for, but Energy Star proposes upgrading to an energy-efficient unit if your existing central air conditioner is more than 10 years old.

Beyond your unit’s age, examine your AC repair history. If your system has broken down several times, it’s prone to stop working again—this circumstance can end up costing you more money in the future. When you think about possible rebates and improved efficiency, is a new system going to be more cost-effective over time?

Many experts suggest 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, change 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 enhanced usage? This is a symptom that your air conditioner is failing.
  • Is your system properly sized? If your unit is too small for your home, it can’t function properly. Likewise, if you’ve recently taken measures 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, Hale's Air Conditioning Services Inc can help! Our experts can help you decide how much life is left in your system and what the top option for your home and budget will be. Call us at 727-398-5515 or schedule an appointment for us to visit you using our online scheduler.