This might sound like an odd question coming from your local HVAC professional, but it makes a whole lot of sense. After all, we don’t want to fix your air conditioner just for it to last an extra year or two while breaking the bank at the same time. If one of the options on the table is to have the system replaced entirely, wouldn’t that be a good idea?
There’s a threshold for how expensive an AC repair should be. If it crosses this threshold, we would consider it “too expensive” and the most cost-effective solution would likely be to get it replaced. Understanding where this threshold is for you and your family is the most important part of this post and the reason why we’re writing about it.
So, buckle up! Let’s talk about how much is too much for an AC repair, and when you might be better off with AC replacement in Tallahassee, FL. Don’t forget to call us with any additional questions you might have.
The Rule of Half
The first rule we’d like to talk about when evaluating whether you should pay for an AC repair is the “rule of half.” It’s basically a helpful guideline that can help fill you in on whether or not a repair is worth it.
Take the cost of your AC repair, especially if it sounds expensive, and compare it to the cost of a new AC replacement. If the cost of this repair is half or more of the cost that it would be to just replace the system, the replacement is almost always the better choice.
Remember, a replacement is going to last longer because all of its components are brand-new, even if it costs a bit more than a repair. Take this into consideration when confronted with a large, expensive repair.
The Age of the System
There are just some air conditioners that shouldn’t be repaired, and should only be replaced. We’re talking about old systems, ones that are 15 years old or older. This age can vary since sometimes a 10-year-old air conditioner can be in rough shape if it’s been without maintenance or undergone some harsh weather conditions.
Here’s the general rule: if your air conditioner is 10-15 years old or older, it should be replaced. Repairs will just be prolonging the inevitable as the components all reach the end of their serviceable lifespans.
The 5,000 Rule
The last rule we’d like to talk about when evaluating whether you should invest in repairs or a replacement is the 5,000 rule. This rule is simple.
Take the cost of repairs and multiply them by the age of the air conditioner. If the result is more than 5,000, then it’s not worth repairing.
Here’s an example. If the repair cost of your air conditioner is $500, but the system is 11 years old, then multiplied together you get 5,500 which is more than 5,000. This means that you’d be better off with a replacement instead of a repair.
But if your repair costs $250 and the system is 6 years old, the result is 1,500 which is way less than 5,000. That means you’ll likely be better off with repairs.
Comfort’s just a call away! Contact Parker Services Inc for AC repair or replacement.