How to Determine if Its Time for an AC Repair or Replacement

May 12, 2017

When your air conditioner in Abilene stops working, it can be hard to know if it’s time for an AC repair, or if a replacement would be a smarter option for the long run. The answer isn’t identical for every homeowner. For instance, a system that has been taken care of could be a realistic candidate for an AC repair because it will probably have a longer existence than another system that hasn’t been maintained. Many other aspects should be considered on top of to this. We’ve got some questions that can help guide you.

How old is your system and how often are you repairing it?

The age of your air conditioner is a huge factor in your verdict to arrange an AC repair or invest in a replacement. Dated systems usually don’t operate as efficiently as they did when they were new—and definitely not as effectively as a new, energy-efficient model. In reality, you could reduce your energy consumption by more than you thought possible if you exchange your aged system with a new, energy-efficient unit. In many circumstances, this savings will support investment in a replacement system.

So how old is “too old”? That can change based on your exact equipment and how well it’s been maintained, but Energy Star advises upgrading to an energy-efficient unit if your current central air conditioner is greater than 10 years old.

Beyond your unit’s age, look at your AC repair history. If your system has stopped working a couple of times, it’s likely to break down again—this circumstance can end up costing you more money in the long run. When you take into account likely rebates and increased efficiency, is a new system going to be more lucrative in the future?

Many professionals suggest following “The $5,000” rule. Multiply the age of your unit 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 cozy enough in the summer? If not, your system isn’t working properly.
  • Are your energy bills going up without increased usage? This is a symptom that your air conditioner is failing.
  • Is your system properly sized? If your system is too small for your home, it can’t do its job. Likewise, if you’ve just did something 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 unclear about if you need an AC repair or if it’s time to think about a replacement, Abilene Air-Tech Inc can help! Our specialists can help you determine how much life remains in your system and what the best option for your home and budget will be. Call us at 325-200-4667 to setup an appointment for us to check it out.

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