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

May 12, 2017

When your air conditioner in Odessa breaks down, it can be tricky to know if it’s an occasion for an AC repair, or if a replacement would be a better option for the future. The answer isn’t similar for every homeowner. E.g., a system that has been taken care of could be a smarter candidate for an AC repair because it will almost certainly have a longer existence than another system that hasn’t been serviced. Many other influences should be taken into account on top of 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 huge factor in your decision to order an AC repair or invest in a replacement. Aged systems usually don’t operate as efficiently as they did when they were new—and especially not as effectively as a new, energy-efficient model. In fact, you could decrease your energy consumption by more than you may know if you replace your outdated system with a new, energy-efficient unit. Most often, this savings will support investment in a replacement system.

So how old is “too old”? That can differ 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 existing central air conditioner is more than 10 years old.

Past your unit’s age, check out your AC repair history. If your system has failed several times, it’s probable to break down again—this circumstance can end up costing you more money in the long term. When you take into account potential rebates and improved efficiency, is a new system going to be more economical in the end?

Many technicians 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, exchange the system. If it’s less, try 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 increased 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 do its job. Just the same, if you’ve just 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, Redhawk Heating & Air Conditioning can help! Our professionals can help you establish how much life remains in your system and what the top option for your home and budget will be. Call us at 432-237-0168 to setup an appointment for us to come out.