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How to Determine if It’s Time for an AC Repair or Replacement

When your air conditioner in West Palm Beach fails, it can be tricky 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 well maintained could be a smarter candidate for an AC repair because it will probably have a longer lifetime than another system that hasn’t been maintained. Many other aspects should be considered additionally 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 arrange an AC repair or invest in a replacement. Dated systems usually don’t function as effectively as they did when they were new—and especially not as efficiently as a new, energy-efficient model. In fact, you could lower your energy consumption by more than you thought possible if you exchange your aged system with a new, energy-efficient unit. Most often, this savings will rationalize investment in a replacement system.

So how old is “too old”? That can change based on your particular equipment and how well it’s been maintained, but Energy Star advises upgrading to an energy-efficient unit if your present-day central air conditioner is older than 10 years old.

Outside your unit’s age, look at your AC repair history. If your system has stopped working several times, it’s likely to fail again—this scenario can end up costing you more money in the future. When you consider potential 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 system 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 comfortable enough in the summer? If not, your system isn’t running well.
  • Are your energy bills going up without extra usage? This is a symptom that your air conditioner is on the fritz.
  • Is your system properly sized? If your system is too small for your home, it can’t do its job. Just the same, if you’ve recently did something 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 not sure if you need an AC repair or if it’s time to get a replacement, Hopkins Air Conditioning, Inc. can help! Our specialists can help you decide how much life is left in your system and what the best option for your home and budget will be. Call us at 561-401-0011 or set up an appointment for us to check it out using our online scheduler.