Air conditioning maintenance is an essential part of taking care of your home cooling system. However, it won’t keep an AC running indefinitely. At some point, your system may encounter a malfunction that will take the repair work of professionals to correct. And eventually the system will reach a point where it’s more cost-effective to have it replaced rather than to keep repairing it.
That leads to a big question: When is the right time to end repairs and go with a replacement instead?
When the AC is extremely old
Modern air conditioners are constructed to last between 10 and 15 years (provided they have regular maintenance). If your air conditioner is older than 15 years, it’s definitely a good time to consider having it replaced. If you let an ancient AC continue to operate, it will be at a higher and higher risk of suffering an abrupt breakdown right when you need it the most. Get ahead of the problem and have the old air conditioner retired and a new one put in.
When repairs have become too expensive
If any repair for an air conditioner would cost more than half the price of replacing it, you should go with the replacement. Also look at cumulative repair costs: when an AC needs $500 or more per year in repairs to keep it running, it’s costing too much.
When the air conditioner costs too much to run
One of the major signs that an air conditioner is coming to the end of its life is when its energy efficiency plunges and your summer bills start to rise. Keep track of your energy bills so that you’ll know when the air conditioner starts to become too pricey. If repairs and maintenance do not reverse the trend, it’s time for a new air conditioner.
Whether you’re looking for air conditioning repairs or a full AC replacement, contact the Doctor of Home Comfort: Hall’s Heating, Air Conditioning & Refrigeration. Service in Keithville, LA and the surrounding areas.