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

When your air conditioner in Heflin breaks down, it can be difficult 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. E.g., a system that has been serviced regularly could be a better candidate for an AC repair because it will probably have a longer lifetime than another system that hasn’t been maintained. Many other influences should be taken into account on top of 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 huge factor in your verdict to order an AC repair or invest in a replacement. Aged systems usually don’t operate as efficiently as they did when they were new—and especially not as effectively as a new, energy-efficient model. In reality, you could decrease your energy consumption by more than you may think if you replace your older 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 vary based on your particular equipment and how well it’s been maintained, but Energy Star advises upgrading to an energy-efficient unit if your current central air conditioner is greater than 10 years old.

Past your unit’s age, look at your AC repair history. If your system has failed several times, it’s likely to fail again—this scenario can end up costing you more money in the future. When you take into account possible rebates and improved efficiency, is a new system going to be more lucrative over time?

Many technicians 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, replace 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 keeping up.
  • Are your energy bills going up without increased usage? This is a sign that your air conditioner is on the fritz.
  • Is your system properly sized? If your unit is too small for your home, it can’t function properly. Just the same, if you’ve recently worked 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 unclear about if you need an AC repair or if it’s time to think about a replacement, Bain Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc can help! Our experts can help you determine how much life lingers in your system and what the top option for your home and budget will be. Call us at 256-270-1196 to setup an appointment for us to come out.

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