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

When your air conditioner in East Bernard fails, it can be difficult to know if it’s a sign for an AC repair, or if a replacement would be a better option for the long term. The answer isn’t similar for every homeowner. E.g., a system that has been taken care of could be a smarter candidate for an AC repair because it will probably have a longer lifetime than another system that hasn’t been upheld. Many other aspects should be taken into account on top of to this. We’ve got some questions that can help lead you.

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

The age of your air conditioner is a big factor in your verdict to call for an AC repair or invest in a replacement. Older systems usually don’t function as well as they did when they were new—and especially not as well as a new, energy-efficient model. In reality, you could reduce your energy consumption by more than you thought possible if you replace your older system with a new, energy-efficient unit. Most often, this savings will justify investment in a replacement system.

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

Outside your unit’s age, look at your AC repair history. If your system has failed several times, it’s probable to stop working again—this scenario can end up costing you more money in the long term. When you take into account potential rebates and improved efficiency, is a new system going to be more economical in the end?

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, go for the repair.

Here are some other questions you should consider:

  • Is your house cool enough in the summer? If not, your system isn’t keeping up.
  • Are your energy bills spiking without enhanced usage? This is a symptom that your air conditioner is on the fritz.
  • Is your system properly sized? If your system is too small for your home, it can’t run efficiently. Just the same, if you’ve recently taken measures to make your home more energy efficient, your system can in fact be greater than you need to cool a very efficient home.

If you’re not positive if you need an AC repair or if it’s time to get a replacement, E.B. Air, LLC can help! Our experts can help you establish how much life lingers in your system and what the top option for your home and budget will be. Call us at 979-335-4262 to setup an appointment for us to check it out.

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