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

When your air conditioner in Alice breaks down, it can be hard 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 the same for every homeowner. E.g., a system that has been serviced regularly could be a better candidate for an AC repair because it will generally have a longer existence than another system that hasn’t been serviced. Many other factors should be considered 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 big factor in your decision to arrange an AC repair or invest in a replacement. Older systems usually don’t function as well as they did when they were new—and particularly not as efficiently as a new, energy-efficient model. Actually, you could decrease your energy consumption by more than you may think if you exchange your aged system with a new, energy-efficient unit. Usually, 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 taken care of, but Energy Star recommends upgrading to an energy-efficient unit if your existing central air conditioner is more than 10 years old.

Beyond your unit’s age, examine your AC repair history. If your system has stopped working several times, it’s likely to stop working again—this circumstance can end up costing you more money in the future. When you take into account potential rebates and increased 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 system by the cost of the AC repair. If it’s more than $5,000, replace the system. If it’s less, try the repair.

Here are some other questions you should consider:

  • Is your house cool enough in the summer? If not, your system isn’t running well.
  • Are your energy bills spiking without extra usage? This is a sign that your air conditioner is breaking down.
  • Is your system properly sized? If your equipment is too small for your home, it can’t do its job. Also, 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, Rescue Heating & Air can help! Our experts can help you establish how much life remains in your system and what the ideal option for your home and budget will be. Call us at 361-265-4371 to setup an appointment for us to come out.

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