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

May 12, 2017

When your air conditioner in the Rio Grande Valley stops working, it can be hard to know if it’s a sign for an AC repair, or if a replacement would be a better option for the long term. The answer isn’t similar for every homeowner. For example, a system that has been serviced regularly could be a smarter candidate for an AC repair because it will probably have a longer lifespan than another system that hasn’t been maintained. Many other influences should be considered additionally 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 choice to call for an AC repair or invest in a replacement. Dated systems usually don’t run as effectively as they did when they were new—and especially not as well as a new, energy-efficient model. In fact, you could decrease your energy consumption by more than you may think if you exchange your outdated system with a new, energy-efficient unit. Usually, this savings will justify 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 taken care of, but Energy Star recommends upgrading to an energy-efficient unit if your current central air conditioner is older than 10 years old.

Beyond your unit’s age, check out your AC repair history. If your system has broken down a few times, it’s probable to fail again—this circumstance can end up costing you more money in the future. When you think about likely rebates and increased efficiency, is a new system going to be more cost-effective in the end?

Many experts recommend 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 cool enough in the summer? If not, your system isn’t running well.
  • Are your energy bills increasing without enhanced usage? This is a sign that your air conditioner is breaking down.
  • Is your system properly sized? If your unit is too small for your home, it can’t do its job. Also, if you’ve just taken measures to make your home more energy efficient, your system can actually be greater 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 think about a replacement, Cytech Heating & Cooling L.C. can help! Our professionals can help you decide how much life lingers in your system and what the best option for your home and budget will be. Call us at 956-381-1162 to setup an appointment for us to come out.