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

May 12, 2017

When your air conditioner in Tuscaloosa 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 future. The answer isn’t the same for every homeowner. For instance, a system that has been serviced regularly could be a better candidate for an AC repair because it will almost certainly have a longer existence than another system that hasn’t been upheld. Many other factors should be taken into account 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 huge factor in your choice to call for an AC repair or invest in a replacement. Aged systems usually don’t function as effectively as they did when they were new—and especially not as effectively as a new, energy-efficient model. Actually, you could reduce your energy consumption by more than you may think if you exchange your older 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 differ based on your particular equipment and how well it’s been taken care of, but Energy Star proposes upgrading to an energy-efficient unit if your present-day 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 several times, it’s probable to break down again—this scenario can end up costing you more money in the long term. When you consider likely rebates and enhanced efficiency, is a new system going to be more cost-effective in the end?

Many professionals suggest 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, go for 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 spiking without increased usage? This is a sign that your air conditioner is failing.
  • Is your system properly sized? If your equipment is too small for your home, it can’t function properly. Likewise, if you’ve recently 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 get a replacement, KDM Service Corporation can help! Our experts can help you determine how much life is left in your system and what the best option for your home and budget will be. Call us at 205-208-8090 to setup an appointment for us to visit you.