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

When your air conditioner in Tampa Bay breaks down, it can be hard to know if it’s time for an AC repair, or if a replacement would be a greater option for the future. The answer isn’t identical for every homeowner. E.g., a system that has been taken care of could be a better candidate for an AC repair because it will probably have a longer lifespan than another system that hasn’t been serviced. Many other aspects 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 large 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 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 swap out your older system with a new, energy-efficient unit. Usually, this savings will support investment in a replacement system.

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

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

Many professionals recommend 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, exchange the system. If it’s less, go for 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 increasing without increased usage? This is a symptom that your air conditioner is breaking down.
  • Is your system properly sized? If your unit is too small for your home, it can’t function properly. Likewise, if you’ve not long ago did something to make your home more energy efficient, your system can essentially be larger 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 consider a replacement, Langford Cooling can help! Our specialists can help you decide how much life remains in your system and what the ideal option for your home and budget will be. Call us at 813-898-9553 or schedule an appointment for us to visit you using our online scheduler.