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

May 12, 2017

When your air conditioner in St. Cloud fails, it can be hard to know if it’s an occasion for an AC repair, or if a replacement would be a smarter option for the long term. The answer isn’t identical for every homeowner. For instance, a system that has been taken care of could be a realistic candidate for an AC repair because it will probably have a longer lifetime than another system that hasn’t been serviced. Many other influences should be taken into account in addition 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 huge factor in your choice to arrange an AC repair or invest in a replacement. Dated systems usually don’t run as effectively as they did when they were new—and definitely not as well as a new, energy-efficient model. Actually, you could reduce your energy consumption by more than you thought possible if you replace your aged 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 change based on your specific equipment and how well it’s been maintained, but Energy Star advises upgrading to an energy-efficient unit if your existing central air conditioner is greater than 10 years old.

Past your unit’s age, examine your AC repair history. If your system has stopped working a couple of times, it’s likely to stop working again—this situation can end up costing you more money in the long run. When you take into account possible rebates and increased efficiency, is a new system going to be more economical over time?

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, exchange 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 keeping up.
  • Are your energy bills increasing without enhanced usage? This is a indication 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 do its job. Likewise, if you’ve not long ago did something to make your home more energy efficient, your system can essentially be larger than you need to cool a very efficient home.

If you’re unclear about if you need an AC repair or if it’s time to get a replacement, Osceola Air, LLC can help! Our specialists can help you decide how much life remains in your system and what the best option for your home and budget will be. Call us at 407-477-6319 to setup an appointment for us to visit you.