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

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When your air conditioner in Raceland stops working, it can be tricky to know if it’s time for an AC repair, or if a replacement would be a smarter option for the future. The answer isn’t identical for every homeowner. For instance, a system that has been serviced regularly could be a realistic 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 thought about on top of 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 large factor in your verdict to arrange 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 effectively as a new, energy-efficient model. In reality, you could reduce your energy consumption by more than you may know if you swap out your outdated system with a new, energy-efficient unit. In many circumstances, this savings will support investment in a replacement system.

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

Beyond your unit’s age, look at your AC repair history. If your system has stopped working a couple of times, it’s likely to stop working again—this situation can end up costing you more money in the long run. When you consider potential rebates and increased efficiency, is a new system going to be more cost-effective in the end?

Many experts suggest 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, 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 running well.
  • Are your energy bills going up without increased usage? This is a symptom that your air conditioner is failing.
  • Is your system properly sized? If your unit is too small for your home, it can’t function properly. Just the same, if you’ve recently taken measures 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 positive if you need an AC repair or if it’s time to think about a replacement, Guidry's Air Conditioning & Refrigeration Service can help! Our professionals can help you determine how much life is left in your system and what the ideal option for your home and budget will be. Call us at 985-537-6795 to setup an appointment for us to check it out.

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