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

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When your air conditioner in Waxahachie fails, 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 term. The answer isn’t similar for every homeowner. E.g., a system that has been well maintained could be a realistic candidate for an AC repair because it will probably have a longer existence than another system that hasn’t been serviced. Many other factors should be taken into account 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 choice to order an AC repair or invest in a replacement. Aged systems usually don’t operate as effectively as they did when they were new—and definitely not as effectively as a new, energy-efficient model. In fact, you could decrease your energy consumption by more than you thought possible if you exchange your outdated system with a new, energy-efficient unit. Most often, this savings will support 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 taken care of, but Energy Star recommends upgrading to an energy-efficient unit if your present-day central air conditioner is greater than 10 years old.

Past your unit’s age, look at your AC repair history. If your system has stopped working several times, it’s likely to stop working again—this scenario can end up costing you more money in the long run. When you take into account potential rebates and increased efficiency, is a new system going to be more economical over time?

Many professionals suggest 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, 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 indication that your air conditioner is failing.
  • 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 just did something to make your home more energy efficient, your system can essentially be bigger 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, C&C Refrigeration Inc. can help! Our specialists can help you establish how much life is left in your system and what the best option for your home and budget will be. Call us at 972-938-0033 to setup an appointment for us to visit you.

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