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

May 12, 2017

When your air conditioner in Hattiesburg breaks down, it can be difficult to know if it’s time for an AC repair, or if a replacement would be a greater option for the long run. The answer isn’t similar for every homeowner. For instance, a system that has been taken care of could be a smarter candidate for an AC repair because it will generally have a longer lifetime than another system that hasn’t been maintained. Many other influences should be thought about on top of to this. We’ve got some questions that can help guide you.

How old is your system and how often are you repairing it?

The age of your air conditioner is a large factor in your verdict to call for an AC repair or invest in a replacement. Aged systems usually don’t run as efficiently as they did when they were new—and particularly not as efficiently as a new, energy-efficient model. In reality, you could reduce your energy consumption by more than you may know if you replace your aged system with a new, energy-efficient unit. In many circumstances, 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 proposes upgrading to an energy-efficient unit if your present-day central air conditioner is more than 10 years old.

Past your unit’s age, check out your AC repair history. If your system has broken down a couple of times, it’s probable to fail again—this situation can end up costing you more money in the long term. When you consider likely rebates and improved efficiency, is a new system going to be more lucrative over time?

Many technicians advise 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, go for the repair.

Here are some other questions you should consider:

  • Is your house cozy enough in the summer? If not, your system isn’t running well.
  • Are your energy bills increasing without extra 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 function properly. Also, if you’ve recently did something to make your home more energy efficient, your system can in fact be larger 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 consider a replacement, Oak Grove Heating & Air Conditioning can help! Our experts can help you establish how much life lingers in your system and what the best option for your home and budget will be. Call us at 601-292-9763 to setup an appointment for us to check it out.