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

When your air conditioner in Abilene stops working, it can be tricky to know if it’s a sign for an AC repair, or if a replacement would be a smarter option for the future. The answer isn’t the same for every homeowner. E.g., a system that has been well maintained could be a better candidate for an AC repair because it will almost certainly have a longer existence than another system that hasn’t been serviced. Many other factors should be taken into account on top of to this. We’ve got some questions that can help direct 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 decision to order an AC repair or invest in a replacement. Aged systems usually don’t operate as efficiently as they did when they were new—and especially not as efficiently as a new, energy-efficient model. In fact, you could lower your energy consumption by more than you may think if you exchange your outdated system with a new, energy-efficient unit. In many circumstances, this savings will rationalize investment in a replacement system.

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

Past your unit’s age, examine your AC repair history. If your system has stopped working a few times, it’s prone to fail again—this situation can end up costing you more money in the future. When you take into account potential rebates and improved efficiency, is a new system going to be more lucrative over time?

Many professionals recommend following “The $5,000” rule. Multiply the age of your equipment by the cost of the AC repair. If it’s more than $5,000, exchange the system. If it’s less, just get the repair.

Here are some other questions you should consider:

  • Is your house comfortable enough in the summer? If not, your system isn’t running well.
  • Are your energy bills increasing without enhanced usage? This is a sign that your air conditioner is on the fritz.
  • Is your system properly sized? If your unit is too small for your home, it can’t do its job. Likewise, if you’ve recently worked to make your home more energy efficient, your system can essentially be greater 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 think about a replacement, Abilene Air-Tech Inc can help! Our experts can help you decide how much life lingers in your system and what the ideal option for your home and budget will be. Call us at 325-692-5850 or schedule an appointment for us to visit you using our online scheduler.