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

When your air conditioner in Lake Worth fails, it can be tricky to know if it’s time for an AC repair, or if a replacement would be a better option for the long run. The answer isn’t identical for every homeowner. For example, a system that has been serviced regularly could be a realistic candidate for an AC repair because it will generally have a longer existence than another system that hasn’t been upheld. Many other factors 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 big factor in your verdict to call for an AC repair or invest in a replacement. Older systems usually don’t run as well as they did when they were new—and especially not as well as a new, energy-efficient model. Actually, you could decrease your energy consumption by more than you may know if you exchange your older system with a new, energy-efficient unit. In many circumstances, this savings will rationalize 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 proposes upgrading to an energy-efficient unit if your existing central air conditioner is older than 10 years old.

Outside your unit’s age, examine your AC repair history. If your system has failed several times, it’s likely to fail again—this scenario can end up costing you more money in the future. When you consider possible rebates and enhanced efficiency, is a new system going to be more economical 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, 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 running well.
  • Are your energy bills spiking without enhanced usage? This is a sign 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. Just the same, if you’ve recently taken measures 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 unclear about if you need an AC repair or if it’s time to consider a replacement, Smyth Air Conditioning Inc can help! Our experts can help you determine how much life remains in your system and what the top option for your home and budget will be. Call us at 561-533-6066 to setup an appointment for us to visit you.

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