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

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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 smarter option for the long term. The answer isn’t similar for every homeowner. E.g., a system that has been well maintained could be a better 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 guide 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. Dated 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 In reality, you could reduce your energy consumption by more than you thought possible if you replace your outdated system with a new, energy-efficient unit. Most often, this savings will rationalize investment in a replacement system.

So how old is “too old”? That can differ based on your specific equipment and how well it’s been cared for, 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, check out your AC repair history. If your system has failed several times, it’s likely to stop working again—this situation can end up costing you more money in the long run. When you take into account possible rebates and improved efficiency, is a new system going to be more economical in the end?

Many technicians 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, replace the system. If it’s less, go for the repair.

Here are some other questions you should consider:

  • Is your house comfortable enough in the summer? If not, your system isn’t keeping up.
  • Are your energy bills spiking without enhanced usage? This is a sign that your air conditioner is breaking down.
  • 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 worked to make your home more energy efficient, your system can actually 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 Conditioning & Heating Service 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 or set up an appointment for us to come out using our online scheduler.

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