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

When your air conditioner in Alice breaks down, 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 long run. The answer isn’t the same for every homeowner. E.g., a system that has been serviced regularly could be a smarter candidate for an AC repair because it will generally have a longer existence than another system that hasn’t been maintained. Many other influences should be taken into account in addition 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 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 especially not as effectively as a new, energy-efficient model. In fact, 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 taken care of, but Energy Star advises upgrading to an energy-efficient unit if your existing central air conditioner is greater 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 probable 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 cost-effective over time?

Many professionals suggest 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, try 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 spiking without increased 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 function properly. Also, if you’ve just taken measures 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 professionals 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 check it out.

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