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

May 12, 2017

When your air conditioner in Boynton Beach stops working, it can be difficult to know if it’s time for an AC repair, or if a replacement would be a greater option for the long term. The answer isn’t the same for every homeowner. E.g., a system that has been serviced regularly could be a realistic candidate for an AC repair because it will almost certainly have a longer lifespan than another system that hasn’t been serviced. Many other influences should be considered additionally to this. We’ve got some questions that can help direct 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 verdict to call for an AC repair or invest in a replacement. Dated systems usually don’t operate as effectively as they did when they were new—and definitely not as efficiently as a new, energy-efficient model. In reality, you could reduce your energy consumption by more than you may think if you swap out your older 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 differ 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 current central air conditioner is more than 10 years old.

Past your unit’s age, examine your AC repair history. If your system has failed a few times, it’s likely to break down again—this scenario can end up costing you more money in the future. When you take into account likely rebates and increased efficiency, is a new system going to be more cost-effective over time?

Many experts advise 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 comfortable 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 on the fritz.
  • Is your system properly sized? If your equipment is too small for your home, it can’t run efficiently. Likewise, if you’ve not long ago did something to make your home more energy efficient, your system can actually 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, A2Z Air Inc can help! Our experts can help you determine how much life is left in your system and what the best option for your home and budget will be. Call us at 561-270-6228 to setup an appointment for us to check it out.