Knowing when to replace your air conditioner can be a difficult decision to make since factors that influence the answer to that question often depend on variables such as its age, how well the system has been maintained, if it’s already required several repairs and whether your energy bills are high.
When to replace your air conditioner
If you’re leaning toward replacement, work through the following factors with your HVAC contractor:
- If your system is older, it’s probably not performing to its peak capacity any longer. Additionally, new high-efficiency air conditioners can really perform, which will help you to increase your energy savings each month. Buying a new air conditioning system will require an upfront investment, but the energy savings that high-efficiency systems offer each month will help you quickly recoup your investment.
- If age and energy savings combined with poor home comfort are taken into consideration and your air conditioner requires any type of repair — small or large — it probably doesn’t make sense to invest any more money into a poorly performing system. As a rule, you should opt to replace your air conditioner if the repair costs about 50 percent of the value of the A/C. Additionally, if your system is older than 10 years of age and the repair costs are less than 50 percent, it’s still worth considering a replacement system.
When to repair your air conditioner
The general rules of thumb used above for knowing when to replace your air conditioner can be turned around to know when to repair your system. You should repair when:
- Comfort and energy savings are acceptable.
- The cost to repair is minimal, or less than 50 percent of the value of your air conditioner.
- Your air conditioner is less than 10 years old and the repair will cost much less than 50 percent of the value of the A/C.
If you’re confused about the best time to replace your air conditioner, contact Rite Way Ventilating Co. We’ll work through the repair/replace factors to help you reach the best decision. We happily serve homeowners throughout the greater Tucson area.
Our goal is to help educate our customers about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about whether to repair or replace your a/c and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.