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

When your air conditioner in Shreveport breaks down, it can be hard to know if it’s an occasion for an AC repair, or if a replacement would be a greater option for the future. The answer isn’t similar for every homeowner. E.g., a system that has been serviced regularly could be a better candidate for an AC repair because it will probably have a longer lifespan than another system that hasn’t been maintained. Many other influences should be taken into account in addition 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 big factor in your choice to arrange an AC repair or invest in a replacement. Dated systems usually don’t run as efficiently as they did when they were new—and especially not as effectively as a new, energy-efficient model. In reality, you could decrease your energy consumption by more than you may think if you swap out your outdated system with a new, energy-efficient unit.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 vary based on your specific equipment and how well it’s been maintained, but Energy Star proposes upgrading to an energy-efficient unit if your present-day central air conditioner is older than 10 years old.

Beyond your unit’s age, look at your AC repair history. If your system has broken down a few times, it’s probable to stop working again—this circumstance can end up costing you more money in the future. When you take into account potential rebates and enhanced efficiency, is a new system going to be more economical over time?

Many technicians recommend following “The $5,000” rule. Multiply the age of your equipment by the cost of the AC repair. If it’s more than $5,000, exchange the system. If it’s less, try 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 increased usage? This is a symptom that your air conditioner is failing.
  • Is your system properly sized? If your system is too small for your home, it can’t function properly. Likewise, if you’ve recently worked to make your home more energy efficient, your system can actually be bigger 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, Moon's Air can help! Our specialists can help you establish how much life remains in your system and what the best option for your home and budget will be. Call us at 318-215-7938 to setup an appointment for us to check it out.

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