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

When your air conditioner in Bossier City breaks down, it can be hard to know if it’s time for an AC repair, or if a replacement would be a better option for the long term. The answer isn’t the same for every homeowner. For instance, a system that has been serviced regularly could be a better 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 additionally 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 verdict to arrange an AC repair or invest in a replacement. Aged systems usually don’t run as effectively as they did when they were new—and definitely not as effectively as a new, energy-efficient model. In reality, you could decrease your energy consumption by more than you may think if you exchange 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 change based on your particular equipment and how well it’s been maintained, but Energy Star proposes upgrading to an energy-efficient unit if your current central air conditioner is older than 10 years old.

Past your unit’s age, look at your AC repair history. If your system has failed a couple of times, it’s likely to break down again—this circumstance can end up costing you more money in the long run. When you consider potential rebates and improved efficiency, is a new system going to be more cost-effective in the end?

Many technicians suggest 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, try 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 going up without enhanced 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 run efficiently. Also, if you’ve just did something to make your home more energy efficient, your system can in fact 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 think about a replacement, Brooks Heating and Air Conditioning can help! Our experts can help you establish how much life is left in your system and what the best option for your home and budget will be. Call us at 800-COOLING to setup an appointment for us to visit you.

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