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

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When your air conditioner in Dallas and Atlanta surrounding areas breaks down, it can be tricky to know if it’s an occasion for an AC repair, or if a replacement would be a greater option for the long run. The answer isn’t similar for every homeowner. For example, a system that has been serviced regularly could be a smarter candidate for an AC repair because it will probably have a longer lifetime than another system that hasn’t been serviced. Many other factors should be thought about additionally 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 big factor in your verdict to arrange an AC repair or invest in a replacement. Older systems usually don’t operate as well as they did when they were new—and definitely not as well as a new, energy-efficient model. In fact, you could decrease your energy consumption by more than you may know if you exchange your aged system with a new, energy-efficient unit. In many circumstances, 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 taken care of, but Energy Star recommends upgrading to an energy-efficient unit if your current central air conditioner is older than 10 years old.

Beyond your unit’s age, check out your AC repair history. If your system has broken down a few times, it’s probable to stop working again—this situation can end up costing you more money in the long term. When you think about likely rebates and increased efficiency, is a new system going to be more lucrative in the future?

Many technicians suggest following “The $5,000” rule. Multiply the age of your system 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 cool enough in the summer? If not, your system isn’t keeping up.
  • Are your energy bills spiking 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 do its job. Just the same, if you’ve recently did something to make your home more energy efficient, your system can actually 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 consider a replacement, Innovative Mechanical, LLC can help! Our professionals can help you determine how much life remains in your system and what the best option for your home and budget will be. Call us at 770-726-7407 to setup an appointment for us to come out.

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