Couple reviewing energy bills

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

When your air conditioner in Lake Charles breaks down, it can be hard to know if it’s an occasion for an AC repair, or if a replacement would be a better option for the long run. The answer isn’t identical for every homeowner. E.g., a system that has been serviced regularly could be a smarter candidate for an AC repair because it will probably have a longer existence than another system that hasn’t been upheld. Many other aspects 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 big factor in your choice to order 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 well as a new, energy-efficient model. In fact, you could lower your energy consumption by more than you may think if you exchange your aged system with a new, energy-efficient unit. Usually, this savings will rationalize investment in a replacement system.

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

Outside your unit’s age, check out your AC repair history. If your system has stopped working a couple of times, it’s prone to fail again—this situation can end up costing you more money in the future. When you think about possible rebates and enhanced efficiency, is a new system going to be more economical in the end?

Many technicians 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, 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 working properly.
  • Are your energy bills increasing without extra 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 just taken measures to make your home more energy efficient, your system can actually 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 get a replacement, ACR Air Conditioning & Heating Inc can help! Our experts can help you establish how much life is left in your system and what the best option for your home and budget will be. Call us at 337-335-0992 or set up an appointment for us to check it out using our online scheduler.