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

May 12, 2017

When your air conditioner in Norco and St. Charles Parish breaks down, it can be difficult to know if it’s a sign for an AC repair, or if a replacement would be a greater option for the long term. The answer isn’t identical for every homeowner. For example, a system that has been well maintained could be a better candidate for an AC repair because it will generally have a longer existence than another system that hasn’t been maintained. 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 decision to arrange an AC repair or invest in a replacement. Older systems usually don’t operate as efficiently as they did when they were new—and definitely not as efficiently as a new, energy-efficient model. Actually, you could reduce your energy consumption by more than you thought possible if you replace your outdated system with a new, energy-efficient unit. Usually, this savings will rationalize investment in a replacement system.

So how old is “too old”? That can vary based on your exact equipment and how well it’s been cared for, but Energy Star recommends upgrading to an energy-efficient unit if your current central air conditioner is greater than 10 years old.

Past your unit’s age, check out your AC repair history. If your system has failed a couple of times, it’s likely to fail again—this scenario can end up costing you more money in the future. When you think about potential rebates and increased efficiency, is a new system going to be more lucrative in the future?

Many technicians recommend 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, 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 keeping up.
  • Are your energy bills increasing without increased usage? This is a indication 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 recently worked to make your home more energy efficient, your system can essentially be bigger 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, Mayeuxs AC & Heating can help! Our specialists can help you determine how much life lingers in your system and what the top option for your home and budget will be. Call us at (985) 764-2426 to setup an appointment for us to come out.