To repair your air conditioner or not to repair? That is the question. There always comes a time (and often in dire moments of need) when the air conditioner for your home breaks down. Like all things, your air conditioner has a life expectancy. Finding out whether you should repair your air conditioner or replace it can be a difficult decision because either option is still pricey (the latter being more expensive), so you need to know if it’s worth investing in a new one or not. Here are some pieces of advice on whether you should repair your air conditioner or replace it entirely.

The Age of Your A/C

The first thing you should ask yourself is how old the A/C unit is. The average life expectancy of an A/C unit is about 10 to 15 years. If your A/C is passed its life expectancy, it’s best to just replace it with a new one, rather than spending money on the constant repairs that would soon happen (if they haven’t happened already).

Frequency of Repairs

Have you repaired your air conditioner unit already? If you have, how many times have you repaired it? If your air conditioner has been unable to keep up with the temperature demands that you put to it, or has broken down several times over the course of several years, it’s time to replace it. At this point, the cost of the continuous repairs have probably added up to the cost of an entirely new system.

Energy Efficient

If your energy bills have costs that seem to just be rising even though there have not been any increased rates, the chances are, it’s your air conditioner that’s causing those spikes in the bills. The longer an air conditioner is used, the less energy efficient it becomes. It would be time to replace your air conditioner with a newer and more energy efficient one to keep those energy bills low and stable.

Temperature Control

If you find that your home is subject to uneven temperatures and that you are using your air conditioner for longer than usual in order to regulate those temperatures, then it might be time to replace it – just make sure to get it checked out that nothing else is causing this problem (especially if your unit is still new).


Usually, if your system is struggling to keep up with the heating and cooling demands of your home, the machine can get overexerted and create a lot of noises. It can also turn of randomly because it is getting overworked. This can be prevented by doing routine maintenance checks and ensuring all parts are in working order. Repairing or replacing it depends on the age of your unit, as well as the frequency of repairs up to that point.

These are just some of the main factors that contribute to making the decision of whether to repair or replace the air conditioning unit. However, if there are still some doubts in mind, here is one last tip:

It’s dubbed as the ‘$5,000 rule’ – you take the age of your unit and multiply it by the repair cost. If the number is over $5,000 then you should consider replacing it. If the number is under $5,000 it should be okay to repair.