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

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When your air conditioner in Richardson stops working, 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 future. The answer isn’t identical for every homeowner. E.g., a system that has been taken care of could be a smarter candidate for an AC repair because it will almost certainly have a longer existence than another system that hasn’t been upheld. Many other influences should be considered additionally 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 large factor in your decision to order an AC repair or invest in a replacement. Older systems usually don’t run as efficiently as they did when they were new—and definitely not as well as a new, energy-efficient model. Actually, you could decrease your energy consumption by more than you may know if you swap out 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 differ based on your exact equipment and how well it’s been maintained, but Energy Star proposes upgrading to an energy-efficient unit if your present-day central air conditioner is greater than 10 years old.

Outside your unit’s age, examine your AC repair history. If your system has stopped working a couple of times, it’s likely to fail again—this circumstance can end up costing you more money in the long term. When you take into account potential rebates and improved efficiency, is a new system going to be more cost-effective in the end?

Many experts 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, change the system. If it’s less, just get the repair.

Here are some other questions you should consider:

  • Is your house comfortable enough in the summer? If not, your system isn’t working properly.
  • Are your energy bills increasing without extra usage? This is a sign that your air conditioner is breaking down.
  • Is your system properly sized? If your equipment is too small for your home, it can’t function properly. Also, if you’ve recently 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 unclear about if you need an AC repair or if it’s time to think about a replacement, Hammack Service Company can help! Our specialists can help you decide how much life is left in your system and what the ideal option for your home and budget will be. Call us at 972-669-9192 to setup an appointment for us to come out.

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