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

When your air conditioner in Dallas breaks down, it can be hard to know if it’s time for an AC repair, or if a replacement would be a better option for the long run. The answer isn’t identical for every homeowner. For example, a system that has been serviced regularly could be a smarter candidate for an AC repair because it will almost certainly have a longer lifespan than another system that hasn’t been maintained. Many other factors should be considered 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 choice to call for an AC repair or invest in a replacement. Aged systems usually don’t run as well as they did when they were new—and definitely not as efficiently as a new, energy-efficient model. In reality, you could lower your energy consumption by more than you may think if you replace your aged system with a new, energy-efficient unit. In many circumstances, this savings will rationalize 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 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.

Past your unit’s age, examine your AC repair history. If your system has stopped working several times, it’s probable to stop working again—this circumstance can end up costing you more money in the future. When you consider likely rebates and enhanced efficiency, is a new system going to be more lucrative over time?

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, exchange the system. If it’s less, just get the repair.

Here are some other questions you should consider:

  • Is your house cozy enough in the summer? If not, your system isn’t running well.
  • Are your energy bills going up without enhanced usage? This is a symptom that your air conditioner is on the fritz.
  • Is your system properly sized? If your equipment is too small for your home, it can’t function properly. Also, if you’ve not long ago taken measures to make your home more energy efficient, your system can in fact be bigger than you need to cool a very efficient home.

If you’re not sure if you need an AC repair or if it’s time to consider a replacement, Tri County Air Care LLC can help! Our specialists can help you decide how much life is left in your system and what the best option for your home and budget will be. Call us at 469-617-3437 or set up an appointment for us to visit you using our online scheduler.