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

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When your air conditioner in Huffman fails, it can be difficult to know if it’s an occasion 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 smarter 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 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 order an AC repair or invest in a replacement. Aged systems usually don’t operate as efficiently as they did when they were new—and especially not as efficiently as a new, energy-efficient model. Actually, you could reduce your energy consumption by more than you may know if you swap out your outdated system with a new, energy-efficient unit. Most often, this savings will support investment in a replacement system.

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

Outside your unit’s age, examine your AC repair history. If your system has stopped working a few times, it’s probable to break down again—this situation can end up costing you more money in the future. When you consider potential rebates and improved 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, 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 running well.
  • Are your energy bills increasing without extra usage? This is a sign that your air conditioner is failing.
  • Is your system properly sized? If your system is too small for your home, it can’t function properly. Likewise, if you’ve not long ago 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 get a replacement, Air Houston Mechanical LLC can help! Our specialists can help you determine how much life is left in your system and what the ideal option for your home and budget will be. Call us at 832-777-1521 or set up an appointment for us to visit you using our online scheduler.

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