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

May 12, 2017

When your air conditioner in Saint Petersburg stops working, it can be difficult to know if it’s a sign for an AC repair, or if a replacement would be a better option for the long run. The answer isn’t similar 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 probably have a longer lifespan than another system that hasn’t been upheld. Many other aspects should be taken into account 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 big factor in your decision to order an AC repair or invest in a replacement. Older 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 reality, you could lower your energy consumption by more than you may know if you replace your aged system with a new, energy-efficient unit. Usually, this savings will support investment in a replacement system.

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

Beyond your unit’s age, check out your AC repair history. If your system has stopped working several times, it’s likely to break down again—this situation can end up costing you more money in the future. When you take into account possible rebates and enhanced efficiency, is a new system going to be more economical over time?

Many technicians advise following “The $5,000” rule. Multiply the age of your equipment by the cost of the AC repair. If it’s more than $5,000, exchange the system. If it’s less, try 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 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 run efficiently. Likewise, if you’ve recently did something to make your home more energy efficient, your system can actually be bigger 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 consider a replacement, Hale's Air Conditioning Services Inc can help! Our specialists can help you establish how much life remains in your system and what the best option for your home and budget will be. Call us at 727-369-6195 to setup an appointment for us to check it out.