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

When your air conditioner in Kingsville fails, it can be hard to know if it’s a sign for an AC repair, or if a replacement would be a better option for the future. The answer isn’t similar for every homeowner. E.g., a system that has been taken care of 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 considered additionally 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 huge factor in your choice 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 well as a new, energy-efficient model. In reality, you could lower your energy consumption by more than you may know 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 differ 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 current central air conditioner is more than 10 years old.

Beyond your unit’s age, check out your AC repair history. If your system has failed several times, it’s probable to fail again—this scenario can end up costing you more money in the long term. When you consider likely rebates and increased efficiency, is a new system going to be more lucrative in the end?

Many professionals suggest 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, 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 spiking without extra usage? This is a sign 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 not long ago worked 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 not positive if you need an AC repair or if it’s time to think about a replacement, Four Seasons Air Conditioning and Heating LLC can help! Our experts can help you decide how much life remains in your system and what the best option for your home and budget will be. Call us at 361-214-1203 to setup an appointment for us to come out.

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