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

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When your air conditioner in Royse City fails, it can be difficult to know if it’s time 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. For instance, a system that has been serviced regularly could be a smarter candidate for an AC repair because it will almost certainly have a longer lifetime than another system that hasn’t been upheld. Many other aspects should be thought about 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 big factor in your choice to order an AC repair or invest in a replacement. Dated systems usually don’t function as effectively as they did when they were new—and particularly not as efficiently as a new, energy-efficient model. In fact, you could reduce your energy consumption by more than you thought possible if you exchange your aged 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 maintained, but Energy Star proposes upgrading to an energy-efficient unit if your existing central air conditioner is older than 10 years old.

Outside your unit’s age, look at your AC repair history. If your system has stopped working a few times, it’s prone to stop working again—this situation can end up costing you more money in the long term. When you think about possible rebates and increased efficiency, is a new system going to be more lucrative over time?

Many professionals recommend following “The $5,000” rule. Multiply the age of your equipment by the cost of the AC repair. If it’s more than $5,000, exchange the system. If it’s less, try the repair.

Here are some other questions you should consider:

  • Is your house cool enough in the summer? If not, your system isn’t working properly.
  • Are your energy bills spiking without increased 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 do its job. Likewise, if you’ve recently did something to make your home more energy efficient, your system can in fact 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 get a replacement, B&W Services can help! Our experts can help you decide how much life lingers in your system and what the top option for your home and budget will be. Call us at 972-695-2264 to setup an appointment for us to come out.

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