How to Determine if Its 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 the same for every homeowner. For instance, a system that has been serviced regularly could be a better candidate for an AC repair because it will almost certainly have a longer lifetime than another system that hasn’t been serviced. Many other influences should be considered in addition 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 large factor in your decision 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. Usually, this savings will justify 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 maintained, but Energy Star advises upgrading to an energy-efficient unit if your present-day central air conditioner is older than 10 years old.

Beyond your unit’s age, examine your AC repair history. If your system has broken down a few times, it’s likely to break down 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 cost-effective over time?

Many professionals recommend 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 increasing without enhanced 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. Likewise, if you’ve not long ago worked 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 determine how much life remains in your system and what the ideal option for your home and budget will be. Call us at 469-213-8367 to setup an appointment for us to visit you.

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